1 The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.
Proverbs 14:1 (NIV)
One of the heresies commonly practiced in a typical Christian life is that individual Christians have no control in their lives. Everything is up to God.
“Will you be rich?”
“I don’t know. It is up to God to decide. If God wants me to be rich, I will be rich. If he wants me to be poor, I will be poor.”
The above is supposed to be a “godly” or politically correct answer in a religious church. In other words, Christians who are under the bondage of theology see themselves as mindless puppets to be moved around by God, the ultimate puppet master. According to theology, all Christians must learn to become puppets to be manipulated by God. We have no choice and no say on what future we want to have. It is all up to God.
Yet the above verse says the opposite. Proverbs 14:1 tells us that we have complete freedom to do what we want for ourselves. We can build houses and also destroy houses. The choice is up to us. We have the right to decide on what type of future on what we want to have. The Bible says we are the masters of our fate. What type of future you want to have? You decide for yourself. This is the truth according to the Bible.
Let us look into the above verse in detail. It says a wise woman builds her house but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down. It uses two women, one wise and the other foolish. The wise woman chooses to build herself a house. The foolish one destroys hers. Please note that both are personal decisions. God is not involved.
God did not build a house for the wise woman. The woman builds it herself. Her wisdom causes her to want to build herself a house and helps her to do it. God also did not destroy the house of the foolish woman. She did it herself out of her own foolishness.
The house in this verse represents our total prosperity. We have the right to decide on our prosperity. What type prosperity do you want to have? How much money do you want? You decide for yourself. The only catch here is, if you want to build up your prosperity, you need to gain wisdom. If you prefer to tear down your house and be poor, learn to be foolish. The decision is yours.
Can you see now on how we can benefit from this? We can now understand that it is our own responsibility to shape our own future. We can no longer blame any others. Many people like to complain on things they cannot control. When asked on why they are not rich, they will tell you many reasons like born in poor families, not enough education, no opportunity etc. As long as they continue to focus on these negative factors, they will never improve and be rich.
Proverbs 14:1 says the wise woman builds her house. It does not say how this woman is able to get the materials, knowledge and muscles to do it. It seems that her wisdom is able to help her to get the job done. Likewise, for the rest of us. You may have great dreams but you cannot imagine on how you can get hold of all the necessary resources to fulfill them. God wants you to put your trust in him. He wants you to get hold of his wisdom and this wisdom will guide you to the path that will fulfill your dreams.
No matter what your desires are, may it be a lot of money, an ideal life partner, a big house, a happy family or anything else, God says you can get them. All you need is to get his wisdom.
In contrast, the second part of the verse says “but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” This implies that the foolish woman already owned a house. Her foolishness causes her to lose it. Foolishness is the opposite of wisdom and it produces the opposite results. Wisdom can cause a homeless woman to own a house but foolishness can cause a woman who used to own her house to become homeless. So, foolishness is very bad. It causes poverty. Those who think poverty is good should learn to be foolish.
Let me rephrase it in another way:
Through wisdom, a pauper can become rich.
Through foolishness, a rich man can turn into a pauper.
So, does God want you to be rich? He wants you to decide. The Bible contains a lot of lessons on wisdom as well as foolishness. If you want to build a house and be rich, look for the lessons in wisdom and put them to use in your life. If you want to tear down your house and be poor, look for the lessons in foolishness and put them to use in your life. Either way, you will get what you want.
In conclusion, your future is in your hands. The type of future you will live in depends on the actions you take now in the present. God has decreed that each of us is the master of our fate through our actions in the present.