Keepers of The Home
When we read the word of God, it helps us to see what kind of shape our souls are in. Like a mirror that shows us the food stuck in our teeth or our hair that is a mess, the Word of God does likewise for our inward man. It shows us our lack and depravity, it turns our “good deeds’’ into filthy rags. This may sound like it is a bad thing, but it is not, for who would want to go around looking messy? Just as we are grateful for the purpose the mirror serves in our lives and the good it does for our outward appearance; let us be for God’s Word also, and how it helps us with our inward appearance.
We will be going over Proverbs 31 the next few weeks in a series, examining the wisdom that is offered there for women to excel as mothers and wives. Today we will begin with verses 10-12 out of the King James Version:
“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.”
These are the words of King Lemuel we are told at the beginning of chapter 31, a prophecy that his mother taught him. Will your sons grow up and remember the wisdom you have taught them over the precious years they were with you? Obviously King Lemuel’s mother took seriously her influence over her son and wanted to impart to him wisdom he could draw from even as he was older.
While we read her wisdom to her son, we want to be examining ourselves, like the mirror I had spoken of in the beginning. We want to be looking to see what in our lives may be out of place, and then work with the Holy Spirit to get it back into place.
King Lemuels mother’s prophecy begins with “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies” Virtue can either mean having good moral conduct or keeping yourself sexually pure. I think we can easily agree that having both would be an asset to obtain. The wonderful thing about God is that even when we have not had these attributes in the past, He is faithful to restore them when we seek and turn to him. Let us seek to have virtue as women of God, and truly gain a value that is more precious than any 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.” Are you an asset to your husband? Does his heart safely trust in you? Are you considerate with your family’s finances and resources? May God challenge you to have this quality sharpened in you if you are not.
I hope you have enjoyed part one of Proverbs 31 and will join us next week for part two!