When we aged women get our marching orders from Titus 2, we need to consider this verse from Proverbs.
Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands. (Proverbs 14:1 KJV)
We need to understand what constitutes wisdom. Solomon knew it would provide much for him and his people, so he sought it, asked for it.
Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great? And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king: Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like. (2 Chronicles 1:10-12 KJV)
Perhaps he learned from his father, who wrote:
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever. (Psalms 111:10 KJV)
He described it often in Proverbs, even repeating part of his father’s words:
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7 KJV)
Women begin work on their houses when they are too young to consider what it takes. That’s when they need the aged women – and men. They should be learning from their parents and their teachers the qualities they want ten years later in their lives. Do they want their husband to have a college degree? They need to consider he might want the same in his wife. Do they want to live in a home they own? The need to learn how to be frugal and manage their own finances – then look for that quality in the men they meet.
I had a cousin who said he wanted to marry a woman just like his mother, one who cooked, cleaned, sewed and saw to it her children went to church every Sunday. Unfortunately, he met his future wife in a bar – a place his mother would never go.
When I watch our Junior and High School girls spend thoughts, time and energy on boys their own age I am struck by the waste. A few understand that life is much more than focusing on one at this age. Those girls – and boys – are quite content to enjoy activities in groups. Sure, there may be one that stands out as special for them, but it’s not time yet to be selecting one for a lifetime.
To do that selecting too young and outside God’s will, the plucking at the house begins and that can bring it down. Instant gratification does bring lifetime consequences. There are some things that should be done first.
… for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:3b2-33 KJV)