Proverbs 24:27 Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready; AFTER THAT, BUILD YOUR HOUSE.
I remember reading the above Proverb sometime last month…and it left me pondering for days. I had even considered posting from it…but nothing concrete seemed to come to me. No revelation whatsoever was forthcoming! Then this morning, I woke up feeling as if I have suddenly lost foot. Our plans as a family almost seems threatened. After some thought, the words of Proverbs 24:27 came rushing back. It was as if God wanted to reassure me about MY HOUSE! Yes…OUR HOUSE.
Before I explain where I am heading with this, let me first remind you what a HOUSE represents for each one of us:
SECURITY: That means a roof over your head gives you a sense of being protected from danger or harm.
STABILITY: That means you have somewhere to go back to every time and all the time. It gives you a sense of continuity.
SETTLEMENT: That means you are now rested and your roots are put down. It gives you a sense of permanency.
With these three points in mind, it may seem more practical and normal for each one of us to desire to have or BUILD OUR HOUSE FIRST…and not as the Proverbs puts it…AFTER doing all the other things. But then again, when I read Proverbs 24;27 I realised I was reading my own life story. In fact, MY GOD STORY.
While I have desired for so long to reach that place of SETTLEMENT, the Lord had other plans for my life. He is the One who gave me…and you, I suppose the outdoor assignment. You and I have been busy preparing the fields for the harvest of the nations. And in the same way, after we have done our bit, He will bring us to the place of BUILDING OUR HOUSE. Just because your house will be BUILD LAST doesn’t mean you will loss out on the best. In fact, since your HOUSE WILL BE BUILD LAST…you will be surprised at what God has in store for you. Remember, He is still the God who SAVES THE BEST WINE FOR THE LAST John 2:10
By WISDOM your house will be built…and that means SECURITY
By UNDERSTANDING your house will be established…and that means STABILITY
By KNOWLEDGE your house will be full of treasure…and that means SETTLEMENT Proverbs 24:3-4
My friend…you cannot build a house to last if you have no experience. God has placed you to work outside and prepare the field and in turn, you will gain much WISDOM, UNDERSTANDING and KNOWLEDGE to BUILD YOUR HOUSE LAST…which will LAST not only in YOUR LIFETIME…but throughout generations.
But for many…to BUILD THEIR HOUSE LAST is almost impossible.
Luke 9:58-62 Jesus replied, ‘Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has NOWHERE to lay his head.” He said to another man, ‘Follow man.’ But the man replied, ‘Lord, FIRST let me bury my father.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and PROCLAIM the KINGDOM OF GOD.’ Still another said, ‘I will follow you, Lord; but FIRST let me go back and say goodbye to my family.’ Jesus replied, ‘No-one who puts his hand to the plough and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.’
I don’t know where you are? But are you willing to work outside? Are you willing to prepare the fields? God knows your needs…and your need for a HOUSE…but work for Him first…and you will never be disappointed. Not NOW…and not EVER!