Thursday, January 30, 2014
Proverbs 31 "A Woman Praised"
Ah, yes, we've come to the end of our venture through Proverbs. I'm almost sad! I've learned many things. More than what I've written about. Thank you for sticking with me to the end. My prayer is you've been blessed even a little by the words that God made flow from my pen.....errr, keyboard!
We have one more chapter, and it's the one we all know well. The Perfect Wife chapter. We either love it or hate it, read it or skip over it. The chapter we find strength and encouragement in or feel exhausted, overwhelmed and incompetent in after reading it.
Well, for those who feel discouraged about all the accomplishments of this perfect woman, guess what! I have good news for you! We're going to skip the whole thing and go straight to the last two verses!
"A woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate." Proverbs 31: 30-31
No one can do it all, but we can all do our best. Simply giving our best shot, striving for greatness in the Lord, fearing Him, which is to hate evil, is a woman to be praised.
The reward you are striving to earn is your heavenly one. Keep your eyes on Jesus and all things will work together for you and bring you praise at the gates.
I've come to believe the praise our works bring at the city gates is not the praise of our fellow man. While praise from people is not a bad thing, because it's encouraging to be praised for a job well done and feel appreciated, that's not what we should strive for.
I've come to believe the praise our works bring at the city gates is the praise and celebration we'll experience at Heavens gates for a job well done, a race well run, a life well lived, a woman deserving of the reward she was seeking in Jesus.
That, my friend, is the greatest reward of all; the ultimate celebration.
What a beautiful way to not only end our journey through Proverbs!
May you stay strong in the Lord and in the power of His might, not growing weary in doing well for Him. Bless you!