Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

3 By wisdom a house is built,

   and through understanding it is established;

4 through knowledge its rooms are filled

   with rare and beautiful treasures.

 

 Practically speaking, wisdom is competence – the ability to bring order out of the chaos of life. A person may set out to build a house, a family, a career, but without wisdom his efforts are doomed to eventual failure. The wise person knows what will work just as he knows what will not, but the fool thinks he can make anything work so long as his intentions are good. The wise anticipate challenges and prepare for them; but fools are constantly delayed by the problems they didn’t expect.

 What kind of life are you hoping to build? Have you made a plan, thought it through, and prepared for unforeseen obstacles? Commitments are kept by competence, not by intentions. Become the kind of person who can keep promises, not just make them. Seek wisdom, gain understanding, plan ahead and you will be able to create a life worth living. It will shelter you from the storms, shield you from regret, keep you from the life of quiet desperation.     

 “Through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.” The house is built by wisdom and established through understanding, but the wise person doesn’t stop there. Rather than coasting through life, resting on his achievements, the wise person continues to make the most of the opportunities he has. He engages with the world, responding to the call of adventure, knowing that growth happens outside of his comfort zone. Often he returns with something valuable. A rare experience, a new skill, the treasure of lessons learned and perspectives sharpened – his house is filled with beauty as the years go by.  In joy and in suffering, in seasons of productivity and seasons of waiting, he never fails to find something for which he is grateful.

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