Monday, April 14, 2014

Proverbs 31: 10-12 - Being a Wife

Isn't this passage of Scripture asking a lot of us as women? Well, yes! Yes, it is!!! How in the world can we as human, fallen women do all the things that are listed in this chapter?!? Thats an interesting thought. Every time I read this chapter in Proverbs I realize how lacking my own life is. The good news is, we cannot do this on our own. Ladies, I know for me I am FAR from this "Perfect Woman" or "The Excellent Wife" that is described in verses 10-31.  I have a long way to go. One of the ladies that I read while I was studying this passage of scripture mentioned Hebrews 12:1-2 as a good verse to put with this chapter. It says:

"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, 
let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, 
and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 
looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, 
who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, 
despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."  

This is a great verse to put into perspective that we cannot be "The Excellent Wife" on our own. We cannot do this by ourselves. We have to have our eyes on Jesus. It means something that when we rise early in the morning we spend time in God's Word. It focuses our minds and hearts on Him for the day. As hard as this is, it doesn't stop me from striving for this as my goal. I love finding godly women in the Bible or descriptions like this one of what a godly women should look like.  This is somewhere to go and to look to see how I am suppose to live. To see what my daily life should look like.

I think I have basically written another introduction but I heard those few things and thought it was important to expound on it a little. We need Jesus every. single. day! We are not called to live an easy life we are called to live a life that honors God and that means we cannot do it on our own! The sooner we realize that the better! Focus on Christ! He is the author and finisher of our faith! 

Now the Proverbs scripture I am looking at today is: Proverbs 31:10-12

"Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. 
The heart of her husband safely trusts her; so he will have no lack of gain. 
She does him good and not evil all the days of her life."

Who can find this kind of woman?? She is a rare BUT she does exist. At least women that strive to look like this in their daily lives. Let us be this woman that is rare to find. Be that kind of woman for your man. If you're not married, its ok! Learn now, to be this kind of woman so that when a man is seeking this kind of woman you are the rare jewel that he is looking to find. 

The heart of her husband safely trusts in her! It is important that your husband trusts you. This king needed a woman that he could trust! Be so dedicated to him that he doesn't feel the need to put a jealous guard up around you at all times.

She does him good and not evil all the days of her life. This is important. We need to be an asset to our husbands. We need to be encouraging,  respectful, lift him up and do not tear him down. Our husbands have a lot riding on them at work and other places their home is not a place that should bring them down. Their home and wife should be a place that encourages and helps them in their day to day walk! 

As a summary: 

~ We cannot do this on our own! Focus on Christ as you look at these verses. Focus on what He has called you to be as a woman and know that He is here to help us be all that we are called to be! 

~ Be the rare woman that is worth so much more than rubies. 

~ Be so dedicated to your husband (or future husband) that he trusts you without a jealous guard up around you!

~Be a source of encouragement to your husband and not a hindrance that bring him down.

Pray that you will daily put Jesus first and seek to honor Him in all that you do and I am thinking, somehow this whole "Excellent Wife" thing will not seem quite so daunting. *maybe* =) 


Sources: 
www.womenlivingwell.org
John MacArthur Study Bible


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