Proverbs 24:3-4 “Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”
The word ‘house’ has many different meanings.
It could refer to the actual dwelling in which we live, gather, or worship. It could be a national group such as the House of Representatives. Often, a house does not always indicate a home. The statement, “Home is where the heart is” is correct.
Our bodies are referred to as a ‘house’ or ‘temple.’
2 Corinthians 5:1 “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”
Solomon goes through a progression in this one verse.
“Through wisdom is an house builded.”
“…and by understanding it is established“
“And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”
All of us would agree that we would love to have a house filled with all precious and pleasant riches. The progression first begins with obtaining wisdom.
James 1:5-6 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”
When it comes to wisdom, God is liberal in His distribution.
Understanding is also something to be obtained from God.
Proverbs 4:7 “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”
I have heard it said that wisdom is to know what God knows, and understanding is the ability to see things with God’s perspective. If both of these are things obtained from God, I can see how it applies.
Knowledge, then, is attaining information. One can acquire all the information in the world, but be ignorant in the ways of life. Knowledge, coupled together with wisdom and understanding, is the triad needed for the blessings God is promising.
“…shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”
If every room in my house were full of the wisdom, understanding, and knowledge God speaks of here, He tells me that each room will be filled with the precious and pleasant riches of which He speaks.
Many may think first of financial wealth.
But, I truly believe that God has so much more than money in mind.
There are some who would give all the money in the world to have relationships restored that have been broken by sin. Some would give their soul to have a wayward son or daughter back. Others would pay whatever price to have peace within the four walls of the structure they call ‘home.’
God, the Father, Son, and Spirit decided on the plan of redemption before God created the heaven and the earth. The longing and desire He has for us to live with Him caused the most significant love to be displayed.
If we could all escape the punishment and payment in Hell, it would be enough. But, God goes way beyond what you or I could ever ask or think.
Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”
He gives us the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit while here on this earth.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
He also promises us a home in Heaven with Him.
John 14:2-3 “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
I can be at home with Him wherever I am if I would but do what He asks.
John 14:23 “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”
Many a person can relate to this thought. When all are present, laughter is ringing out, and there is peace among all, hearts are full. Discord, anger, and selfishness strike at the very heart of that peace.
Our Heavenly Father wants our house to be a home. He desires our homes to be filled, so we will experience a bit of “heaven on earth.”