Proverbs – Life Skills
It is wise to acknowledge a woman’s contribution to this world without bringing her down, belittling her gifts and abilities as “less than”. She is not more than man, she is the “helper” to man;
“The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.'” (Genesis 2:18)
A Godly man realizes the help a Godly woman and appreciates who she is and what she brings to life. It is the woman, designed specifically by God, who gives birth to life! It is God who pours into women who believe this nurturing trait that brings justice to the forefront of all discussions about the fairness of life. This trait of God in women loves without conditions. Like God, women want only to be loved back.
As we read this proverb, recognize God first. Don’t see this a checklist for imperfect women to be perfect. Look to God who is perfect. See and understand that God designed women with unique abilities that contribute to His work in all of His created. God loves his creation. God loves His created women. He cherishes His beloved who believe, love, trust and obey His voice above all others. He forgives when we fall down and picks us right back up again. No love lost in the process.
God gave believing women an innate ability (awareness of the Holy Spirit) to see danger before it happens in their family so she can warn them. God also gave her abilities to love even when it hurts. Women can endure the pain of childbirth then rejoice seconds later, forgetting the “labor” it took to bring life into being.
Women work at home and they work beyond the home to provide for their families. God created this particular balance and agility in women to be wise in all that affects her family. Women will do whatever it takes, God leading her, to provide what her family needs. Godly women live integrity in all ways, serving others without a thought to herself, without seeking praise. She takes more joy in seeing her husband and children progress and succeed than in the joy in her own accomplishments.
God is amazing. God is be praised always, for it is God who created woman to be a help, not a hindrance, to His created man. We all have our God created abilities. No one is above the other. We are ALL created in the image of God. His Holy Spirit lives in all who believe that Jesus died for our sin and asked for forgiveness from sin. Because of Jesus, the Holy Spirit enters in and does His best work to transform our lives to be all God created us to be. We love, cherish and help each other.
When we all get to heaven (I feel a song coming on…) we will sing and shout the victory in knowing,
“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28
Real justice is realizing this Truth.
Proverb 31, The Message
Speak Out for Justice
The words of King Lemuel,
the strong advice his mother gave him:
2-3 “Oh, son of mine, what can you be thinking of!
Child whom I bore! The son I dedicated to God!
Don’t dissipate your virility on fortune-hunting women,
promiscuous women who shipwreck leaders.
4-7 “Leaders can’t afford to make fools of themselves,
gulping wine and swilling beer,
Lest, hung over, they don’t know right from wrong,
and the people who depend on them are hurt.
Use wine and beer only as sedatives,
to kill the pain and dull the ache
Of the terminally ill,
for whom life is a living death.
8-9 “Speak up for the people who have no voice,
for the rights of all the down-and-outers.
Speak out for justice!
Stand up for the poor and destitute!”
Hymn to a Good Wife
10-31 A good woman is hard to find,
and worth far more than diamonds.
Her husband trusts her without reserve,
and never has reason to regret it.
Never spiteful, she treats him generously
all her life long.
She shops around for the best yarns and cottons,
and enjoys knitting and sewing.
She’s like a trading ship that sails to faraway places
and brings back exotic surprises.
She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast
for her family and organizing her day.
She looks over a field and buys it,
then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden.
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,
rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work,
is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.
She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth,
diligent in homemaking.
She’s quick to assist anyone in need,
reaches out to help the poor.
She doesn’t worry about her family when it snows;
their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.
She makes her own clothing,
and dresses in colorful linens and silks.
Her husband is greatly respected
when he deliberates with the city fathers.
She designs gowns and sells them,
brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.
Her clothes are well-made and elegant,
and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.
When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,
and she always says it kindly.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household,
and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her;
her husband joins in with words of praise:
“Many women have done wonderful things,
but you’ve outclassed them all!”
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.
The woman to be admired and praised
is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.
Give her everything she deserves!
Festoon her life with praises!
WHAT DO WE LEARN?
A woman who loves God loves others with all that is in her. Her love leads her to being God’s conduit of noble character. This character is in direct correlation to the character of God. When she is praised, all glory goes back to God who created her.
Dear Heavenly Father,
This lasts proverb displays your character well and good. You are good, so, so good. Your good is expressed in Godly women and men who love you with all their hearts, minds and souls. I am one of them, but I need your help always. Thank you for helping me day to day be all you created me to be. Forgive me when I look away for a second to what the world says I should be. Thank you for continually transforming me to live well, to live with wisdom. May I live skillfully under your authority and guidance always.
In Jesus Name, Amen