A Wise Builder
“By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established.”
What is our house? Perhaps it is our actual roof that we live under. Perhaps it is our family. Perhaps it is our inner structure that houses our souls. Whatever the case, this verse points out how a house is brought about, or rather, how it should be. Building a house is quite a challenging task. I have been involved in several house-building projects in my life. So where does wisdom and understanding come into play when building a house?
Wisdom must be present throughout all the construction process. You must have wisdom when working in dangerous places, on the roof, with electricity. You must have an understanding of how the different tools operate before you try to put them to use. You must know about the materials you wish to use and what is solid or weak for your desired outcome. But when we think of the role that wisdom plays in building a house, our first thoughts probably go to the planning process before any actual work begins.
Jesus talks about this when he advises the disciples on counting the cost of following him. He says, “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’” Jesus points out the value in applying wisdom before you begin the process. Wisdom and understanding are essential to building any kind of house, but we must be sure that we apply them first, before we jump into anything. The wisdom is found in looking before we leap to see ahead to where we want to land; what we want the finished product of our house to look like. It’s no wonder that when Jesus talks about the man who built his house on a solid foundation, planning for the storms to come, he calls him “a wise man”.