[Devotional] IN HIS PRESENCE: A wise woman builds her home

Read: PROVERBS 31:10-31

Meditation verse:

“that our daughters may be as pillars, sculptured in palace style (Psalm144:12).

A pillar is a tall vertical structure of stone, wood, or iron, used as a support for a  building. Without a pillar, a building will crumble. We started noticing cracks in  the walls of our home about a year and a half after we moved in. The cracks increasingly got worse; we knew we had to do something. We called in a  structural engineer who discovered a massive structural defect. The master bedroom upstairs was sitting on the parlor downstairs, without any supporting  pillar and it was giving way under the weight. We had to move out of our home  so everything in the affected areas could be removed. When the wardrobe was  removed, the walls behind had almost split in two. The defect was rectified by  erecting two big pillars in the parlor to carry the weight of the room upstairs.

“The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands”  (Proverbs 14:1). As a woman, you are a support structure in your home,  community, or wherever you find yourself. And not just any kind of pillar,  sculptured in palace style- standing out, beautifully adorned. Today’s reading  portrays a woman who is a pillar in her home and community. She is a  manufacturer, seamstress, importer, realtor, employer, manager, and  philanthropist. She is focused on the welfare of her husband, children, staff, and  community. She eschews laziness and idleness. Surprisingly, nothing is  mentioned about the physical appearance of this woman.

The value of something is not in its beauty but in its usefulness. A vessel can  beautiful but completely useless, unable to hold down anything. Your worth is  neither determined by your appearance nor the value of your car possessions,  but by how useful you are to God and those around you. As gold is purified by  passing it through fire, the challenges of life are designed to refine you. You are  designed to be a polished pillar in your home, standing firm through the challenges and storms of life and emerging stronger. Are you appropriately  positioned as a pillar in your home or is your home in danger of crumbling?


IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Pst (Mrs) Oke Chinye, Founder of The Rock Teaching Ministry (TRTM).

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