The Godly Wife!
Scripture reading for July 12th: Proverbs 30-31
As Proverbs comes to it’s conclusion, it ends with emphasis on the godly wife and mother. Wisdom was personified as a virtuous woman in several other places in Proverbs. (Proverbs 8 and 9:1-12) The opposite of this virtuous woman was another woman, “Folly”. (Proverbs 9:13-18) Folly was a prostitute and lacked sense. She wouldn’t stay at home and was often on the prowl. Her door led to death and the grave and many were the number she had slain! (Proverbs 7:26-27)
But Proverbs 31:10-31 describes the wife of noble character. This description of the noble wife has stood as a pattern for women throughout the ages of godliness and righteous living. This godly wife is a worker and is trustworthy. (Proverbs 31:11-17) She is up and busy providing for the needs of her household. She cares for the poor and needy with her excess. She is thoughtful for the future and plans ahead. She clothes her children with scarlet and her husband is honored in the city gate. She speaks with wisdom and is clothed with dignity and strength. Her children and husband bless her and honor her! She fears the Lord and will be given her reward at the city gate!
This woman is also like the Bride of Christ! The “Bride” is a worker and is faithful and trusted by Jesus Christ. The Bride is busy and cares for the needs of the household of faith. She provides garments of scarlet–coverings of the Blood over all her true children! She reaches out to the poor and needy with gracious giving. She is mindful of the future return of the Bridegroom and makes preparations and is assured that She will be ready! She speaks with wisdom and is clothed by her Husband with dignity and strength! Her children and Husband honor her! She will receive her reward at the city gate and Her works will praise Her–The New Jerusalem!
What a great day we live in! Thank God for godly women in your life–wives and mothers! Thank Him for being a part of the Church of Jesus Christ, His holy Bride! Let’s stay busy and working for the day of His appearing is coming quickly! This is true and godly wisdom!