“The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.” Proverbs 31:11

Let’s look at this verse in the New Living Translation:

“Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.”

I am a widow, and my husband has been gone for almost twenty years. We had a good marriage and he was a wonderful man. Did he have faults? Of course, he did, but then, so did I. I am so thankful for how much he loved and respected me as his wife. He never embarrassed or degraded me in public. When we had problems or disagreements, neither one of us broadcast them.

This is important for all of us. If your husband is serving God, you do him a great wrong if you tell others in the church about his faults and failures. You hinder his witness and integrity. If he is not a Christian, and you have friends praying for him, they do not need to know everything that is wrong about him. When God deals with him and he gives his heart to the Lord, people do not need to have things in their mind that they will hold against him.

We do not hang our dirty laundry on the line for all to see. That is why we need to be so careful what we post on social media about our family. The things that go on within our family relationships need to be kept private.

I believe that as wives we have a responsibility to treat our husbands well and stand behind them in all they do. There may be times when we may have to sacrifice our own feelings but with the help of the Lord, we can become a woman that our husbands can safely trust.

Remember that this part of Proverbs 31 was written to a woman who was married. But if you are not married, this principle can be applied to your loyalty and trust to your family as well.

Prayer: Jesus, we thank you for the principles you have laid down in your Word that teach us to be loyal and true to our families. Help us to strive to become the woman you would have us be.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.” Proverbs 31:10 Most of us have read or heard this scripture read and, in our minds, have said that it is impossible for a woman to reach the high ideal that is portrayed. The writer of Proverbs…

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Genesis 1:27, KJV. I am enamored with the Genesis creation narrative and have always thought the conversations of origin and worldview to be fascinating. Most people during their lifetime will ask…

Job 23:10, “But he knoweth the way that I take: When he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”

Think with me for a minute, what would the world (Christianity, the church, the Bible, your life) be like without the story of Job?

The book of Job is a celebrated story of an incredible man who did not forsake God in the highest and lowest parts of his life. Even though I may not go through the exact same things Job endured, I find comfort and strength in his reaction to the calamity the he and his wife suffered.

The Paradox of Suffering

Suffering is not always the repercussions of sin, mistakes, and bad decisions. The elaborate nature of suffering finds its way into the complexities of everyday life, causing me to question my purpose, God’s love toward me. When I suffer, I oftentimes feel like God is disciplining me for something I have done wrong.

The story of Job is encouraging to me because it reveals that suffering is not contingent on the motive of my actions or punishment for my sins.

Job was tried not because he was the worst of men but because he was the best of men.

Philippians 3:10, “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.”

 Even our Savior suffered in this world, and He was the sinless, perfect, Lamb of God. Your suffering and pain gives you an opportunity to experience the love of God in a new way, because we fellowship with Him on a deeper level.

What does the story of Job teach me about sharing my story?

For me, Job’s story helps me to feel like I’m not alone in life’s struggles.

His blessings and hardships teach me that it is powerful when I share my experiences and testimonies other people. When we open up about our lives it lets other people know that they are not alone. And, isn’t that something we all long for? The feeling that we are not alone?

 

Job chapter 1 and 2 surveys the heartrending account of Job’s loss. First, he loses his material wealth and possessions, and then he learns that all of his children died in a desert windstorm. There are still terms that lack in our world. For instance, there is a word to…

“…Nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” Luke 22:42 When God’s Will is Different from Our Will This week commemorates the loss of one of my spiritual mentors. Sister Ann, a very influential woman in my life, was diagnosed with an invasive cancer. Prayer about the healing for her…

“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen (clay) (earthy) vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:6-9

My mom is a classy lady.

As far back my memory can go, I can remember my mother carrying herself with grace. As a child, she taught me that my life had value. And, she taught me the things she owned, like teacups, had value and to treat them with respect. Even as a young child I remember being extra carful around valuable ornaments, furniture, dishware. She taught me how to take care of things so they would last, and to this day I still practice those lessons she instilled in me and I try to not take anything for granted.

Almost every memory I have of my mother involves a cup of tea. When I visit her, she has a display of her most cherished teacups in a beautiful glass case; they are rimmed with pure gold, hand painted, and one-of-a-kind treasures.

When you drink a cup of tea out of a pure gold rimmed, hand painted teacup, you carry yourself with a level of decorum. You sit up straighter, you engage in deep conversations, and you walk with care. Even children seem to know that something so dainty is not to be played with.

There are different qualities that set vessels apart.

A styrofoam cup, for instance, does not demand respect. It may contain the same beverage, but it is not handled with care and people are more careless with their movements. In fact, when they are finished with their cup, they crumple it up and throw it away. No one will say, “be careful with that styrofoam—it’s very valuable!”

You Are God’s Vessel

One attribute that I know about a good mother has is she makes the best out of a bad situation.

I remember walking into a room as a little girl and seeing my mother crying. I would ask, “Mommy, what’s wrong.” “Oh nothing, dear,” she would reply and then proceed to hold me in her arms, telling me that she loved me.

There are lonely battles you face.

There are things that may happen in your life that will make you feel like you are a piece of styrofoam, only good for a moment but meant to be thrown away. But I am here to tell you, you are a vessel of God. 

Every beautiful vessel is tried through the fire, but with every firing, you are being made into gold.

The master is working on us, through each experience of our lives.

  • You have value.
  • Your life has purpose.
  • You have influence.

There may be days you feel unfinished, incomplete or lacking, but God will use everything you’ve been through because you are God’s earthen vessel and set apart for greatness. You are the fanciest teacup; a set-apart vessel for God’s glory.

Prayer: Lord, I pray when I feel worthless that You would remind me that I am created in Your image. You have given my life purpose and I know that even in the struggles I have endured, that You were with me. I pray that the excellency of Your power would be revealed in me.