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The Master Builder
by Margery Wolfe
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The Master Builder

Proverbs 14:1 lets us know that every wise woman builds her house, but the foolish plucks it down with her hands.

A woman of wisdom builds on a solid foundation, counts the cost before building, and her attitude towards the state of growth, she chooses to be content where she is and she does it Godís way.

To be wise is having wisdom or discernment for what is true, right, or lasting, judicious. Possession of common sense, prudent, sensible, having great learning, shrewd, crafty, cunning, informed, aware of, fashion, and way. Not only is she wise but she builds, which means to form by combining materials or parts, to erect, construct, to give form to according to a definite plan or process, to fashion, mode, create, to establish and strengthen, create and add to, to establish a basis for. It also means to develop an idea, argument, or theory, to progress toward a maximum. Itís also the physical makeup of a person or thing. A builder is one that builds, especially the person who constructs for and supervises the construction of something.

A wise woman, a woman that has wisdom or discernment for what she knows is right to build or construct her home. She sits down and sees what she wants to do and how sheís doing it. She counts up the cost and says within herself that it is well. She is the opposite of a foolish woman, a woman that lack good sense or judgment, silly, resulting from stupidity or misinformation, unwise, devoid of meaning. The Bible says in Proverbs 9:13-18, that a foolish woman is clamorous, she is simple, and knows nothing. She sits at the door of her house on the seat in the high places of the city, to call passengers who go on their ways; she entices who ever will listen and encourage them in wrong. The foolish says, stolen waters are sweet and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. The dead lives in her house and her guests are in the depths of Hell.

God sets before us ultimate choices we must make between wisdom and folly or foolishness. You are invited to eat of the feast of the Lord or the feast of the Devil. To listen to wisdom is to live, or gain abundance. To listen to folly is to die or miss out on what life is all about. A wise woman teaches her children, but itís their decision if they will follow her teaching, one way leads to life and the other to death.

The wisdom of God is used in three senses in the scripture:

1. It refers to the higher perspective by which god understands things that man is incapable of understanding
2. It refers to the understanding which a Christian should have in life
3. Wisdom as seen as a type of Christ, who is our wisdom

A wise Christian will obey the wisdom of God. A wise woman builds her house. The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he that wins souls is wise. She cares for the souls of her husband and children, as well as others. She seeks ways that her loved ones may be saved. A wise woman prays always without ceasing for lost souls. She seeks the way of Christ to pursue souls. She uses discretion in her doings that some on would want to follow her in righteousness. Her words are kind, good, as not to turn the heart of men. She knows and realizes that the hand of the diligent shall bear rule, it shall govern surely, not enslave. She knows that heaviness in the heart of man makes the heart stoop, but a good word makes it glad.

A wise woman live to become a master builder not just to build the house, but to become a master at it, having control over the actions of her house. She is the captain of her house, the owner, the head of her household, if sheís unmarried. If sheís married then sheís under her husband, still guiding to make sure itís still standing on a sure foundation, a foundation laid out by her father in heaven.

She is a faithful witness and she will not lie (tell falsehoods). She chooses the way of Christ. There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end thereof, are the ways of death. She doesnít run with the crowd, as there can be a transfer of spirits by association, observation and environment. She uses discipline, as you know love and discipline go together. She love but yet give whatever chastisement is needed.

A wise builder fear God and departs from evil. She doesnít anger easily, and her heart is sound. She is a true witness, delivering souls.

The master builderís wisdom rest in the heart of him that hath understanding, but that which is in the midst of the fools is made known. Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people and Godís favor is toward a wise servant. The master builder obtains godís favor first in all things.

The master builder doesnít answer grievously, but answers softly, turning away wrath. Anger is removed by a gentle response, but a heated response fuels the flame. Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry for anger rests in the bosom of fools.

The master builder worries about having a good name rather than riches. He or she takes rebukes and builds. They realize that better is the end of a thing than the beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. They donít say, what is the cause that the former days were better than these? For you does not inquire wisely concerning this. Wisdom is good with an inheritance, and by it there is profit. Wisdom is a defense and money is a defense, but wisdom gives life to them that have it.

The master builder considered in their heart even to declare we this, that the righteous and the wise, and their works are in the hand of God; no man knows either love or hatred by all that is before them. She or he knows all things come alike to all, there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked, to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrifices not; as is the good. So are the sinner and he that swear, as he that fears another.

The master builder goes their way, they eat their bread with joy and drink their wine with a merry heart and God accepts their works. They live joyfully with those around them and whatsoever there hand find to do, they do it with all their might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave wither thou go.

The master builder knows that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happens to them all. That wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.

The wise builder builds the house. The use wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to build on. These things they donít do;

1. She is not a fusser or cusser, Proverbs 25:24
2. She is not slothful, Proverbs 26:15
3. She is not contentious, Proverbs 26:21
4. She is not a talebearer, Proverbs 26:22
5. She does not have a wicked heart or burning lips
6. She does not hate, but love
7. She is not deceitful
8. She does not dig pits, for the Bible clearly states that he that digs pits shall fall therein and she that rolls a stone, it will return upon them
9. She is not a flatterer, for the mouth of a flatterer works ruin
10. She is not boastful, but gives hearty counsel
11. She is a woman of honor, she brings correction, fears God, is submissive to her husband, is humble in spirit, loves and trusts in God, she is virtuous.

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