Today’s Reading – 1 Chronicles 6 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)
(Second Milers Read – John 5 – 6; Psalms 31 – 35; Proverbs 7)
Scripture Memorization for May – Romans 10
Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Psalm 25
Read a great article by Pastor Pastor Cary Schmidt – “Stop Worrying“
Read the “0507 Evening and Morning” devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Read a previous post from this passage – “A Large Family of Ministers“
A Study Of Women In The Bible
The Proverbs 31 Woman
“Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.” (Proverbs 31:28)
I know, I know. Your saying to yourself, “Oh no! Not the Proverbs 31 woman!! How can we live up to her standards? She’s perfect.” Well lets take a look at her verse by verse and I think you’ll see that it’s not as hard as you think.
I want to start with verse 28. “Her children arise up and call her blessed, her husband also..” This verse is the goal. This is where we want to be. With Mother’s Day coming this Sunday, we, as mothers, want to strive to do our best in raising our children. We want to keep that close relationship with our children throughout our lives. If we are not moms yet, this is a good place to start.
“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.” (Proverbs 31:10-12)
Here we see that a virtuous woman is priceless. She is compared to a fine jewel. When owning something of great value, it’s greatly taken care of. In return, it always shines and looks it’s best. Remember, one person’s best is not anothers. Her husband trusts her. She doesn’t waste his money and takes care of the things they have. ”She will do him good”. She doen’t speak evil of him but builds him up. She cares for him as an example to her daughters or other young ladies. She is proud of what he does, even if it’s not up to her standards. There you go. Three verses down. Not hard. Did you pass?
“She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.” (Proverbs 31:13-14)
In Bible times, most women made clothing for their family. There were no JC Pennys or Walmarts. But even if you don’t make your clothing, (and I don’t know many who do) we still are thrifty in what we do buy. I know many women: Pastors’ wives, Missionary wives, myself and others, who go to Good Will and other second hand clothing stores. Many women exchange clothing, especially for the children. And how many of us will go to more than one food store to save on our food bill. And what about COUPONS!! How ya doin? Two more verses gone. Not as bad as you thought, right?
“She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.” (Proverbs 31:15)
Now don’t throw tomatoes yet. This woman got up early and made her family breakfast and lunch. We get too busy in life that we find ourselves getting to bed late. Because of this, we are running out the door with coffee in hand and a piece of toast in our mouth. Our kids are rushing around and grab whatever, if anything. Life is like a zoo in the morning. God never intended us to be so busy that we negelect our family. If you have a tomato in your hand about now, why not examine your busy life, and get rid of things that are keeping you too busy. I do understand about women having to work. I was a single and a married working mom and I know about the mistakes of being too busy for my family. Are you still with me? Put your tomato back in the refrigerator and have it with your lunch.
“She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.” (Proverbs 31:16)
The Proverbs 31 woman, bought a home and took care of it. Buying the land and planting on it, made it useable and more valuable. Even if you don’t “own” it, you’re still paying for it. You thought about the cost and made sure you could afford it. She fixes and takes care of it herself, so not to go into debt. Not bad. This one was easy.
“She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.” (Proverbs 31:17)
Though women are known as the weaker vessel, she is made strong by wisdom and grace, and the fear of God. A woman should control her own spirit and know how to manage other people. She should also be a help meet for her husband. We too can get wisdom by the reading and obeying God’s word. Do you read your Bible? We manage our family members everyday. As far as controlling our spirit, that is where the wisdom of God comes in. Life can get out of hand. Something can go wrong, we get caught up in the moment and we react the wrong way. Keeping our Christian spirit can only come when we stop, think and then react. The more we learn recognize temptations of Satan, the easier it is to keep ourselves in control.
Still doing ok?
“She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.” (Proverbs 31:18-22)
These five verses have a lot to do with taking care of her family. She makes sure the things she buys are good. It doesn’t matter if your rich or not. If you buy the items you and your family needs from the best of stores or from the flea market, we all do our best. She goes to bed after the family. She makes sure all is well before she lays her head down at night. Easy. We all check on the kids. We make sure the “night lights” are on before we go to bed. I don’t think I know anyone who wouldn’t help someone in a time of need. And like the ant, we prepare for winter. We make sure everyone has their hats and gloves. We take out the heavy blanks for those cold nights. See, we really aren’t much different then the Proverbs woman are we?
“Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.” (Proverbs 31:23)
There is something different about her husband. People of importance know him. The Bible doesn’t say her husband had a great position, but men of great position knew him. When a man is well cared for by his wife, he is content. He looks well. She takes pride in the care of his clothes. They are cleaned and ironed. He is well rested. She never over works him with the “honey do list”. She makes sure that he has what he needs day to day.
“She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.” (Proverbs 31:26)
I like this verse. She speaks kindness. Again I’ll say, Satan wants to keep our lives in spinning to the point that we can’t tell which side is up. When this happens we, tend to make mistakes and unkind words can find their way out of our mouths. Beware of satan. He is like a lion wanting to destroy us. Our tounges are like a knife. They can cut and destroy a person. OK. Hang in there. One more verse to go and you’ve made it. You can do it!
“Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.” (Proverbs 31:30)
This verse sums it all up. Fear the Lord. You can’t go wrong. No matter what anyone say or thinks, fear the Lord. Follow Him.
Well I know you all passed the test. You all got an A. Now we know we’re all Proverbs 31 Women. A daugther of the King of Kings.
Thank You, And I Pray You All Have A Blessed Mother’s Day. Enjoy Your Family.
1 John 5:13