Proverbs 24: Build

I’m sitting on a beach near my home and have been reading the Bible to inundate myself with the Word before I begin writing my ebook. I decided to read Proverbs before I leave since I’m in a beautiful peaceful setting away from the hustle and bustle that life can bring, especially now with the current events.

It’s an incredible chapter with many different lessons for life, but there are some verses that stood out to me because I don’t ever remember reading them. This is why I love reading Proverbs this go around in TPT (The Passion Translation). Some verses are worded very differently from the more traditional translations and it causes me to think.

I’m still here at the beach and am waiting for the family to be ready to go, so I thought I’d write this devotional on the phone while I’m here. So, let me share the scripture with you.

S- Scripture

Wise people are builders – they build families, businesses, communities, and through intelligence and insight their enterprises are established and endure. Because of their skilled leadership the hearts of people are filled with the treasures of wisdom and the pleasures of spiritual wealth.

Proverbs 24:3-4

Talk about a loaded scripture filled with wisdom and truth. Since I’d never heard that before (I grew up in the church and am very familiar with scripture), I went to NASB to read that translation for that scripture. This is how it reads:

By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; And by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

Reading that and understanding the foundations and basis by which TPT is translated, it just brought this scripture to life for me. I would have never been able to understand how those 2 scriptures apply to my life, but the TPT makes it relevant and applicable.

Does it do the same for you?

You may not have access to The Passion Translation, so I’d like to share the footnote to the 3rd verse.

Or “A house is built by wisdom.” The house is more than a structure with a roof and a floor. It becomes a metaphor for families, churches, business, and enterprises.

TPT footnote for Proverbs 24:3

O- Observation

I can’t help but think about the parable of the talents. Wisdom will lead you to take what the Lord has given you, invest, and build upon it. Wisdom will also empower you to build upon the inheritance/revelation Jesus left us, as well as the amazing men and women since He was in Earth.

We cannot expand the Kingdom of God in Earth without building and filling the things we build with the precious revelations of our Lord Jesus Christ.

A- Application

I cannot remain stagnant. Nor can I allow fear to deter me from building what the Holy Spirit has asked I build; my family being the number 1 on that list.

On this earth, in terms of ministry, my family is my number one priority. Investing and pouring into them is essential. They are with me more than anyone else, therefore, it makes it vital that I not only teach, but LIVE the Word só that the foundation of what I’m building is strong and sturdy.

P- Prayer

Jesus, I am so grateful that you left the glory of Heaven and became man so that we can see the Father manifested in man. You are the manifested love of God and I am so grateful that we have You to look to as our measure of being a child of God.

You are now seated at the right hand of the Father and because you left us the Holy Spirit we have the glorious ability to be seated with You in heavenly places.

May you continue to reveal the mysteries of heaven to us as we pursue You. In your glorious and magnificent name!

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