Reading through Proverbs this week I discovered three things, that in turn discovered me…
I’ve often been drawn to Prov. 31, as it in my opinion encapsulates, although not exhaustively by any means, many formidable and desirous qualities to be sought after by all of God’s daughters. Some of the principles listed from vv. 10-33 speak of a woman working with an incredible resolve both in her hands and in her heart, as she presses on through tiredness and enlisting affections to relentlessly love on those God has given to her (husband, children, etc). If Proverbs 31:10 is an honest cry of a Christian man looking to find not just someone to Love God alongside, but the someone to do this with…then equally the companion-cry of a single Christian woman’s heart would be that of Prov. 20:6, “Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love, but a faithful man who can find?” This proves to be a divine dialogue between many of God’s children these days all across this world…all our questions, fears, expectations, and desires, flung high in the heavens like a sensuous moon, often unable to hide or voice its particular kind of loud and hush to the hearts below (including our own).
Another verse that stood out to me was 6:26 “…but a married woman hunts down a precious life.” Although this passage is pitted against the backdrop of a prostitute, and is certainly targeting wives, it lends a rather interesting thought as to what ought to be filling up the the hearts and days of those wishing to be wives one day. This of course makes me think very seriously about what I am actually observingm and looking for when I look upon one of His daughters in those forever kind of ways. How is she loving on those around her? How is she viewed by her small part of the world? Instead of could a relationship between her and I work…a better question is how are her and God doing right now. I’d find it refreshing to see a woman that doesn’t need me because she has her fill with God, but still wants me! These important questions allow for some very necessary introspection on a very real and honest level…often flushing and fleshing out the heart’s motives…ones that need to be recognized before ever they’re acted upon.
The last part that truly stood out to me was more of wonderful Proverbs: 20. We often belittle children in such incredible ways that we assume their little hearts and faiths to be just that…little in quality as well as quantity. They make better kids than we could rarely to hope even approach again, and, they often put us to shame in how they wield with an amazing matter-of-factness all the grown up struggles we incessantly trip up over. That said, let’s be reminded of Prov. 20:11 “Even a child makes themself known by their acts, by whether they are pure and upright.” They are held accountable just as we are before God. So next time we think to look at them with sympathetic eyes, spilling over with sobriquets to refer to their “little faiths” and their “little hearts”, perhaps we are best found questioning our own sprawling hearts, to explore just where our heart’s begin to fall short, and where Grace begins its yarn of rescue to our helpless endeavours.
Thank you Lord for Your words in the Proverbs.