Proverbs 25:28

Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self control.

Most people who are exhibiting what we would see as lack of self control, would probably tell us that they are expressing their freedom, that they are unbound and unrestricted.  In fact, they have lowered the walls of their personal city.  They no longer have a refuge. Lack of discipline and quiet, personal struggles, even sin,  are opened up for all to see.  Also, there is nowhere for them to retreat, to re-group, to refresh, for they have allowed their private space to be exposed to all. “The Name of the Lord is a strong tower;  the righteous run to it and are safe.” (Proverbs 18:10)

Proverbs 24:3

By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established;…

I have read this verse 100 times probably in the last 25 years.  Now, I have a new understanding.  Building my house and furnishing it has nothing to do with wood and concrete, paint and tile and carpet.  It is about relationships: God and man, man and wife, brother and sister, parents and children.  I have inherited a few rare and beautiful treasures: 200 year old hand painted china, antique furniture and a few pieces of great grandmothers silverware.  These do not compare to the treasured friendships, family ties and intimacy with God that now fill my home.

Note:  Apologies for my absence of the last couple of weeks.  My computer and I were both at the doctor!  L.