“Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established.”—Proverbs 24:3
A house is not a home without wisdom and understanding. My wife and I will celebrate our eighth marriage anniversary this year. Praise God. Several couples who got married around the same time we did are already divorced. I can hear Luther Vandross singing the love ballot: A house is not a home. A house can have the appropriate objects—a chair, rooms, etc.—but still not be a home. The hook of the song says, “Turn this house into a home.”
I thank God that George and Courtney’s house is a home. Vandross says that love is what makes a house a home. I agree wholeheartedly with that. But we learn here that wisdom builds the house and understanding establishes it. Those couples that I mentioned a moment ago still love each other. But love isn’t enough to hold a family together. Wisdom gives us the tools to have an open and honest relationship. And the people in a home must always seek to understand one another. Make a house a home.