Tuesday, 23 August 2011

The proverbs 31 woman

Proverbs 31 describes the duties/responsibilities of a Godly woman in every ramification. I studied the scripture again very recently (thanks to my pastor) and i have a greater understanding of what God expects from women.

I understood that the proverbs 31 woman was not poor, she was a wealthy woman who was constantly clothed in fine linen and purple, a woman who invested her money wisely and whose arms were open to the poor. She was also very industrious because in verse 24, the bible says she makes fine linen garments and sells them.

She is also a hardworking woman, as wealthy as she was, she would wake up when its still dark, make food for her family and delegate chores to her servants.

I also understand that she is a very proactive woman who saves up for the rainy days, she has a line of activities daily and plans for her family. Verse 21 says that when it snows she has no fear for her household for all of them are clothed in scarlet.

The bible also says in verse 26b that she speaks in wisdom and faithful instruction is on her tongue, she is also clothed in strength and dignity and she can laugh at the days to come.

She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children and her husband calls her blessed.

Conclusively, the woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Now the real life situation.

A Godly woman must not be necessarily poor, the proverbs 31 woman was very hardworking and invested her money wisely. She didn't wear rags but always dresses well. She was also a very industrious woman who makes clothes and sells them.

She was not lazy. With the number of maidservants i can imagine her to have, she still woke up early and delegated their chores to them. The city type of life that exists now is to have a nanny, a cook, a drycleaner, a security man, a house maid, an errand boy etc without doing anything. Like my pastor said, its not bad having all of those but we should not allow that take over our role in the home. Some kids have never seen their mothers enter the kitchen and such children will grow up to be lazy and believe that their meals must always be prepared by someone else.

The proverbs 31 woman is a wise woman, she saves for the rainy days and is never stranded, she doesn't eat with her ten fingers (yoruba proverb translated to english).

She always minds her business and does not sit around for idle gossip. She spends her time watching and catering for her household.

She doesn't speak anyhow, she speaks with wisdom and weighs every word that comes out of her mouth.

Her husband and her children call her blessed.

The woman who fears the Lord must be praised.

The word of God is just very complete. There is a word that addresses every situation and when this was talked about in church, it made an impression in my heart.

Very recently, i listened to a toothpaste advert on radio and a mother told her son to brush before he goes to bed, the son begged his mom that he was sleepy already and she offered that they brush together. I thought deeply after that advert because i do not brush before i go to bed, i brush only the morning.

I wondered how i would train my kids to always brush their teeth before they go to bed because ordinarily, children learn by examples, then an idea creeped into my mind. I'll tell them that they must always brush in the mornings and in the evenings until they are as old as i am.


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