"A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness to his bones." Proverbs 12:4
This past week I've been dwelling much on the roles of wives in the home.
And because I've been reading through the Proverbs, I thought to stop a bit and do a quick study. I need God's guidance in my own home. I need God's guidance in the words I speak to a friend in distress.
What is the role of a wife in the home? What is my role? How do we keep the home from being destroyed? Can we even build the home? I can only go to the WORD for answers.... because God's WORD is truth.
" Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it:"
There's wisdom ... and there's folly. And God differentiates between the two quite clearly.
" Every WISE woman buildeth her house, but the FOOLISH plucketh it down with her own hands." Proverbs 14:1
But first and foremost... in order for a home to survive the wind and the storms, a solid foundation needs to be applied.
A couple of verses in Matthew lays it out clearly.
The WISE will hear and apply God's word:
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a WISE man, which built his house upon a rock. "
The FOOLISH will not apply God's word:
"And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand."
And if the LORD JESUS CHRIST is our rock, then we are to walk in HIS ways by imitating Him in our lives... in our homes.
It sounds easy right? Well, then why the troubled homes, separation, divorce? Do we not hear? Do we not apply God's word? Do we not let go of self and allow God to fill us with His LOVE? I'm not sure...
My thoughts may be rambling... but GOD'S WORD is direct.
Just reading through Proverbs, I'm simply amazed with the wealth of knowledge found... in just 1 book of the bible! And so I'm reminded clearly of how we ought to behave as women...
A woman must NOT: be clamarous, a brawler, angry, contentious, do evil, be strifeful, have hatred...
A woman MUST BE: gracious, virtuous, guard her lips, answer softly, open her mouth with wisdom, have the law of kindness on her tongue...
The list can go on. But LOVE covereth a multitude of sins. And PLEASANT words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul and health to the bones.
O Lord, give us godly homes where YOU dwell... keep us from folly.
" Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge... be thou in the fear of the LORD, all the day long. "
Proverbs 23: 12, 17
May you build your house on the SOLID rock... and hear the instruction of the LORD.