As we looked at yesterday, the wise woman builds her house, but the foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.
The word translated “builds” in Hebrew is banah. This is the same word used in Psalm 127.
1 A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon. Unless the LORD builds (banah) the house, those who build (banah) it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. 2 It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. 3 Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. 4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. 5 Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. [Psa 127:1-5 ESV]
It is the LORD I want to build my house. If it’s me doing the work, then it is in vain. I am laboring in vain if I’m trying to build my own house.
The children in my house are a GIFT of the Lord. They are a reward. They are my inheritance. I am blessed by God when my house is full of them. They are a blessing. A gift. I cannot make myself have them. I have to receive them because they are from Him. If I work, strive, labor, connive to get them, I am laboring in vain.
If I am being anxious, toiling over my house, I am missing it. It is the Lord who is building my house, though YES, He is using me to do it. I work faithfully, by faith, through faith, to serve the Lord and the call He has laid on me and the blessings He has placed under my care.
Thank you, Father, for each of the children You have blessed me with. Thank You.