Sunday, November 13, 2005
Proverbs 31 - The Ideal Woman
When one finds a worthy wife,her value is far beyond pearls.
Her husband, entrusting his heart to her,has an unfailing prize.
She brings him good, and not evil,all the days of her life.
She obtains wool and flaxand works with loving hands.
She puts her hands to the distaff,and her fingers ply the spindle.
She reaches out her hands to the poor,and extends her arms to the needy.
Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting;the woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Give her a reward for her labors,and let her works praise her at the city gates
From Today’s reading comes some very wise advice for women. Women of all ages, single or married, working outside the house or not, to those with or with out children. The following is excerpts from my morning devotional.
For centuries, Christians have looked to Mary as the perfect role model. And yet, as a woman raised in the Jewish tradition, Mary herself was taught what it means to be a virtuous woman. And most likely, that teaching came from this passage in the Book of Proverbs. This Jewish ideal was recited every week on the eve of the Sabbath as a way of honoring the woman of the house and teaching her daughters how to live.
This short poem presents a beautiful ideal. It paints a picture of strength and dignity, of caring and compassion, of responsibility and trust, of love and unity. And most important of all, this ideal woman places God first, both in her daily activities and in her heart.
Seeking God first, developing one’s talents, industriousness, and a servant’s heart—that’s the foundation for the ideal woman. If you are a woman, read Proverbs 31. Commit it to memory. Let it become the goal for your way of living. Both Scripture and church history show us that every woman who follows this model is filled to overflowing with God’s blessings.
May we all come to know His love more deeply and strive to put Him first in our lives
‘On Ya’ -ma