I found myself gathering some wisdom from Proverbs 31 this week. Actually, it was more of a pummeling of wisdom, but I was desperately in need.
Not that I think God needs to pummel me to get my attention, but I’ve been a bit out of character.
Without Noble Character!
Literally, showing others the depravity that still resides in here and rears its ugly head from time to time. I was a living example of being a person of low character in my response to life’s stresses.
I don’t think the woman in Proverbs 31 had days like this. I mean, look at her consistency, day in and day out. She rocks it.
Surely she never lost it and yelled at her husband?
She would never even consider a negative attitude towards God!
Look at verse 28. Her children and her husband bless and praise her, and they think she is better than anyone.
Yet, I have to wonder, she certainly had to have a meltdown or two?
Maybe I’m just looking for some justification for bad behavior, but I really am looking for hope.
I need hope that when I really mess up, when I really make a jerk of myself, that I can pick up and go on with life and get back to being a wife my husband would want to love and trust. Someone whom I can look at in the mirror and not have negative thoughts of being Weary by Wednesday once again.
I need the hope that I too can be a woman of noble character.
And then I see it in verse 30!
…but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. (Proverbs 31:30)
Her story is really verse 30, in her fear of the Lord, in her love for God, and the respect and reverence she has for Him, is the strength to do all she does. Knowing that even on the really bad days, He will be there and offer forgiveness for the bad choices of sin.
And for me, I don’t have to be disheartened, because all she does throughout this chapter and because I don’t seem to measure up. When I look at verse 30, I see hope for keeping it real.
Charm is deceptive, and beauty if fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. (Proverbs 31:30)
It’s in Him, not me. He is the one to hold my trust, and my only hope for noble character.
How has your week been? I hope you find the promise in this passage as I do. I’d love to hear about it!
Thanks for sharing your Wednesday with me.