Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Sagging Rafters & Leaking House

If a man is lazy, the rafters sag;
if his hands are idle, the house leaks.
Ecclesiastes 10:18

Sagging rafters and a leaky house.

Not exactly our dream home.  But indeed the home of any man who is (1)lazy and (2)idle.

In this Bible verse, the consequence of man's laziness are sagging rafters.  Instead of providing support for the roof of the house, these sagging rafters threaten to come crumbling down and crush those inside--the family.  

Why?  A lazy man.

Now that same house leaks.  Where is the leak coming from?  Well, it can be from visible sources as well as hidden ones.

Why?  A man's idle hands. 

This is NOT an encouragement to run to Lowe's and let's build something together.  Rather, it is a call for both the husband and wife to do a house inspection. 

Some questions for thought:
  • How much time do I spend in prayer?  Bible reading?  Bible study?
  • How do we spend time as a married couple?  Do we pray together?  
  • How do we spend time as a family?
  • How do we fellowship with our family in Christ?  
  • Are we investing our time in the eternal or idling it away on the temporal?
  • Are we more about fixing the external issues that arise in our homes or the internal ones of the heart?

If you've found your rafters sagging or your house leaking, be encouraged today.  There is hope.  The Master Carpenter is available for help, because unless He builds, we labor in vain.

Recommit your time, energy, and heart to working on repairing those sagging rafters.  Renounce all laziness.  As the head of your household, you are called to lead your household with the help of the Lord.  If you've found your hands to be idle, repent.  Put them to work in stopping those leaks.  Invest in your wife and cultivate in your children the Word of God.  As the husband you are commanded to present your wife holy and blameless, and as the father, you are commanded to train your children in the way they should go.

And wives, let us remember that we are called to be wise women that are building our homes.  Let us not enable or encourage laziness nor idleness by practicing it ourselves.  May God help us to be the helpers God has called us to be.  May we appreciate the work of our husband's hands.  May our husband have full confidence in us and lack nothing of value because we bring him good, not harm, all the days of our life.  May God deliver us from attempting to usurp our husband's God given authority in the home, but rather let us submit to him as to the Lord. 

Father, I come to You today thanking You for our marriages, knowing that what You have united, man can not separate.  I ask that You strengthen and unite each marriage with cords of love.  Please forgive any laziness or idleness from our part and help us.  Help us to be diligent and work in the homes You have entrusted to us.  Deliver us from working on the externals and seeking temporary fixes.  But rather may our desire be for internal and eternal changes.  I know that only You can help us.  And I thank You because it is Your will to do so.  Fill us today with a renewed commitment to forsake any plan other than Yours.  In Jesus' Name.


  1. Help us Jesus!!!Help us reflect on these Words and post and be encouraged to work on our marriages, children and trust that He who begun the work in us will finish it...Praise the Lord.

  2. Please help us Holy Spirit!!. yes we need to keep things in Godly order and let Jesus build..lead..our marriage and home.
    Very truthful and edifying post...thanks

  3. Temporary fixes do not allow to get to the root of the problem. It is a covering that will not last but rather create division and distrust in a marriage. I always want to be open for Holy Spirit to correct me and I am thankful that the Lord is always willing!!! There is hope in JESUS!!!


May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14