Friday, July 30, 2010

There's No Fear Here!

She is not afraid of the snow for her household:
for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
Proverbs 31:21

I absolutely love this verse! The Lord used it to speak to my heart many years ago and I’d like to share that with you today. All too often, we (myself included) are guilty of just reading our Bibles and not really ’searching the Scriptures’. Jesus Himself is on every single page of His Word. The Scriptures testify of Him. And all too often we take verses at face value (which is good!) but we don’t stop to think about the spiritual application.

Proverbs 31 is a perfect example. For those of us who look to the woman of Proverbs 31 as our example, we can often miss the forest for the trees. Take vs 21 for example. I have heard many teach this verse to mean that the Proverbs 31 woman was not lazy. She made her family warm clothes so that they wouldn’t be cold in the winter. A good character trait but the verse says SO much more than that.

Care to follow me?

"She is not afraid of the snow for her household"….tell me, in what part of the year does it snow? Yes, the winter. And tell me, what happens to things in the winter – such as foliage, grass, flowers? They die. Could not that same line also mean that she isn’t afraid of death in her household? Certainly. And the verse goes on to tell us why…

"for all her household are clothed with scarlet." ….Glory! Tell me, what color is scarlet? red. What color is blood? red. Revelation 1:5 …Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood....The Proverbs 31 woman isn’t afraid of death for her household because all her household has been clothed in the blood of Jesus Christ! Hallelujah!

Do you want to be a real Proverbs 31 woman? It goes far deeper than baking homemade bread, wearing dresses and making your own clothing. In truth, I know many godly woman who don’t sew or even cook well! Of far greater importance is, does your family know Jesus? Can you truly say that you are "not afraid of the snow for [your] household"?

There are many descriptive verses of the lifestyle of this godly woman, prior to vs 21. Certainly, it was her lifestyle that at least in part drew her household to the Lord. We can learn so much from her! It isn't enough to speak of the Lord and His goodness, we must live our Christianity before our family members. This is so much harder than putting on a smile and heading out to the world. With the lost and dying world, it is easy to "put on" our Christian face, yet our family members know us so much better! We have to live it day in and day out, in sickness and in health, with cranky children or smiling ones, when the bills are paid and when we don't know where our next meal is coming from. That is where the rubber meets the road and that is where the reality of God in our lives is shown.

So, let's not only aspire to be like the Proverbs 31 woman in deed but in our heart attitudes as well. Let us strive to have a heart that is solely devoted to King Jesus. Then, like the Proverbs 31 woman, we can say that we too are not afraid of the snow because our family is all wrapped up in the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ!




© Adorning Grace 2010

2 comments:

  1. Great post, this truly blessed me. I shall certainly be looking into Prov 31 more. Thank you for sharing. Blessings, Jean

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  2. Oh what a marvelous insight from the LORD! I constantly study the Proverbs 31 woman and have not ever "seen" this - 'on my own' or in a commentary. YES! Thank you, thank you for sharing this. Am following your blog. What a blessing!

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