Good morning, all. I realize it's a little after 8:00 am in Indiana but I have finally made it to Phoenix where it's currently 7:00 am. Anyway, I love the imagery of the house in verses 3 and 4 for today. Obviously Solomon is not speaking of a physical house, but I think the imagery applies whether the house is made up of one person or many.
Do not envy the wicked, nor desire to be with them; for their minds devise violence, and their lips talk of mischief. By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. Wise warriors are mightier than strong ones, and those who have knowledge than those who have strength; for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory. Wisdom is too high for fools; in the gate they do not open their mouths. Whoever plans to do evil will be called a mischief-maker. The devising of folly is sin, and the scoffer is an abomination to all. (Prov. 24:1-9)
By knowledge the rooms of the house are filled with riches. In other words, we can keep filling the rooms of our "house" (life) with richness if we keep adding to our knowledge. And then, go back to the verse that follows: what is the result of learning and acquiring wisdom? We become mightier than those who have (physical) strength.
Meditation: do you try to learn something new every day? Studies show that regular engagement in learning protects against many diseases, particularly ones affecting the brain. And, what is the best learning? Solomon would say it's study of the way of wisdom - studying Scripture and learning God's will for our daily lives. That should always be a priority, but if there's something else you've been thinking about (a new language, playing a musical instrument, writing poetry or a novel, learning more about history or art), why not get a small daily goal and get started?