Finding Little Gems

Sometimes when I read the Bible I fall across a verse that glistens and shines like a little gem. It’s hidden in between a mountain of other verses, but for some reason on that day, my eyes and heart will fall upon its words, and it’s as if the words scream, “Listen to me! Here is wisdom! Take it, drink it in, impress it upon your heart!”

And today I found one of those gems in Proverbs (which, really is a book FULL of gems, it’s like a crystal clear brook that you reach deep into and come out with shining, glistening stones!):

“The wisest of women builds her house,
but folly with her own hands tears it down.”
(Proverbs 14:1)


These words mean a lot to me, for I have seen what happens when a house is torn down. I have seen what folly – both by man and woman – done by their own hands can do in allowing a house to crumble down, the house which was built with the very same hands with which it was torn down.

The same hands which tear a house down can build it up.

The same mouth with which we can bless one another can also curse and destroy.

“From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. 
My brothers, these things ought not to be so!” 
(James 3:10)

The same feet with which we can follow Christ can also turn and run away from Him.

“If we live by the Spirit, 
let us also keep in step with Spirit.” 
(Galatians 5:25)


And my heart echoes the cry of James, my brothers, these things ought not to be so! May our hands build up instead of tear down; may our mouth bless instead of curse; may our feet follow Him instead of turning away.