As I’ve been pondering things of The Church lately, I went into my devotional time this morning remembering what a friend said about one of my previous posts. It had to do with being in the presence of God and How our Jealous God is Jealous for us, His Bride. Now, there are many, who I have found, will argue what “The Bride of Christ” is. Some claim it is The Church, some claim it’s us as individuals; I claim it is both; The Body is made up of us all as individuals, and as we true Christians come together to worship Jesus and give God glory and to live by the Spirit, He guides us in all understanding, and making us more like Him. So, after reminiscing on that for a minute, I turned to Proverbs, which has always been a bit challenging for me, but today, it seemed to speak right to the core of my being, bringing me back to being His bride and having a desire to serve Him with everything that I am. There are so many rich lessons in here; some convicting me, and some reminding me that indeed I am pleasing to God. I won’t pull out my lessons today, but let it speak to you and your heart how ever God intends. Whether individually or as a body of believers, let us come to our God as His bride and let Him unveil us for His glory! Jesus come and claim your bride, we’re waiting for you at the alter, longing for our hearts and our entire beings to come together as one.
Proverbs 31:10-31 (The Message)
Hymn to a Good Wife
10-31 A good woman is hard to find,
and worth far more than diamonds.
Her husband trusts her without reserve,
and never has reason to regret it.
Never spiteful, she treats him generously
all her life long.
She shops around for the best yarns and cottons,
and enjoys knitting and sewing.
She’s like a trading ship that sails to faraway places
and brings back exotic surprises.
She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast
for her family and organizing her day.
She looks over a field and buys it,
then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden.
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,
rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work,
is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.
She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth,
diligent in homemaking.
She’s quick to assist anyone in need,
reaches out to help the poor.
She doesn’t worry about her family when it snows;
their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.
She makes her own clothing,
and dresses in colorful linens and silks.
Her husband is greatly respected
when he deliberates with the city fathers.
She designs gowns and sells them,
brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.
Her clothes are well-made and elegant,
and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.
When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,
and she always says it kindly.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household,
and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her;
her husband joins in with words of praise:
“Many women have done wonderful things,
but you’ve outclassed them all!”
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.
The woman to be admired and praised
is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.
Give her everything she deserves!
Festoon her life with praises!