The Psalm writer wrote: Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law. As we come before a Holy God and hear his word, may we have eyes open to the wonderful and fearful things from his law. May it move us to repent and seek forgiveness, fear disobedience, and live in light of the grace we have received. This is the word of God. It is eternally true and applicable for all of life.
Proverbs 31: 21-31 She is not afraid of the snow for her household, For all her household are clothed with scarlet. She makes coverings for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, When he sits among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, And supplies belts to the tradesmen. Strength and dignity are her clothing, And she smiles at the future. She opens her mouth in wisdom, And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and bless her; Her husband also, and he praises her, saying: “Many daughters have done nobly, But you excel them all.” Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her the product of her hands, And let her works praise her in the gates.
The woman of virtue: clothed in fine linen, strength, and dignity. Busy with her hands, always looking to the ways of her household, never eating the bread of idleness. The virtuous woman opens her mouth teaching kindness, in wisdom. She has a husband who is known at the gates, a man of influence, with children who are thankful and give her much deserved honor and respect. This godly woman recognizes that beauty is vain and passing away, so adorns herself with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit.
Young ladies, you are going to need much prayer, and much striving to enter through the narrow gate, to resist the minefield of temptations before you in this day and age. Feminism has a chokehold on our society right now, and is placing pressure and demands on young women that are direct attacks on the biblical picture of womanhood. If Proverbs 31 illustrates for us how a godly, spirit-filled woman cares for her family and home, Proverbs 7 could easily be pointed to as an example of how feminism utterly destroys the relationship between men and women, and subsequently, their homes.
The adulterous woman is wayward, loud, boisterous, and dresses like a prostitute. She is not content to be at home, working diligently to provide for her family, but rather prefers to be everywhere but home. She is brazen, with flattering lips, seeking to seduce with smooth words.
Let’s be honest, there is a temptation to look at your godly mothers, with their gentle and quiet spirits, submitting to one man in their lives, their husbands, caring for their homes, and say to yourself “What a dull, drab existence. I want to get out and experience life. The way my mother wants to live her life might be fine for her,,,,but it’s sooooo old fashioned. This is 2019. I want to make lots of money. I want to get my finances, education, and house in order before I have a family. In the meantime I will test drive my potential spouse, and if they don’t meet my specific demands, I will find another. That’s how things work in 2019. Children? I am not ready for that. How can I work, go to school, have time for dating, and do what I want to do, if I have kids. I have plans, and Proverbs 31 definitely puts a damper on those. I think I like the picture painted in Proverbs 7 better: she seems to have more freedom, and seems to be having a fun, adventurous life. What could possibly be wrong with enjoying myself for a few years before being shackled with the burden of managing a home, full of whiny kids and a demanding husband?” Young ladies, he who thinks he stands, needs to take heed lest he falls. Many, many a fine young lady, having grown up in very reformed homes, have fallen prey to these temptations. Many young ladies have traded the life of a virtuous woman, for that of a wayward feminist who destroys her own home. The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tears it down with her own hands. A very vivid picture of this can be seen at the abortion clinic as young ladies, who a mere decade before would have never conceived of murdering their children, pay Anne the Butcher to do the dirty deed so that they can continue living their wayward lives unhindered.
You say “I would NEVER have an abortion”. Fine. So, what middleman are you willing to pay so that you can shirk your responsibilities to God in pursuit of your will be done?
Young men, you are responsible here as well. If you think you can fill your mind with pornography, sports, entertainment, and other worthless pursuits, rather than the Word of God, and be blessed to find a godly wife….you are a foolish young man, and will be seen lurking past the door of many an adulterous woman. Young men, if your aim is to walk down the broad road of destruction, dabbling in all this world has to offer, thinking that your future wife will submit to you in that, I have a warning for you: God will give you the desires of your heart. “Good!” you say. No, hear me very clearly young men: if it is your aim to reject the godly wisdom your father has sought to instill in you as you sow your wild oats, planning to return to the narrow path after you have tasted all this world has to offer, what you may find is that you have been blessed with a prostitute of a wife who will destroy your home and be a continual nagging drip, with children who hate you, dishonor you, and you will have been given everything you asked for, with nothing to blame but your cold dead heart.
Thank God we have an advocate. Thank God we have a mediator. Thank God we have a Saviour. Let us kneel if able and cry out to god for mercy, and wisdom, and forgiveness for our sins against Him.
Most High God. We thank you for giving us the perfect example of what a Husband and wife relationship looks like in Your Son Jesus and His Bride the Church. It is a beautiful picture that displays what You have decreed is best. Yet far too often, we trade Your beauty, plans, and wisdom for creaturely pursuits. Rather than submitting to Your ways, we trust the lord of our hearts, our lusts and passions, to guide and govern us. We confess with our mouths “Jesus is Lord” yet in our hearts say “My will be done”. Father, we often despise how You have made us, wanting instead to conform to the image of the world, rather than the image You created us in. We are prideful, arrogant, and restless. We always think that other pastures, other wells, and other shepherds are where we will find true contentment, satisfaction, and joy, only to find in the end no contentment, no satisfaction, and a cruel taskmaster all to willing to keep us in chains. Father, please be merciful towards us sinners. Please pour out Your grace upon us undeserving wretches. Please forgive us of our sins, and restore to us the joy of Your salvation. It’s in Jesus Name we pray, Amen.
Listen now to the comforting assurance offered in the gospel to all who repent:
Ephesians 1:4-8 In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us.
To all those who thus repent and seek Jesus Christ for their salvation, your sins are forgiven in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Lift up your hearts!
(From the 3/17/19 liturgy of Sovereign King Church, written by Aaron Sabie.)