1998-11-06 - To the Glory of Praise
The Virtuous Woman Series, Part 22
Proverbs 31:28b - her husband also, and he praiseth her
As I read this, I see something important.
Our woman's husband knows a good thing when he sees it. I believe he also knows how to keep a good thing a good thing.
I hate to clean house. I really do. Wash the laundry, wash the dishes, mop the floor, vacuum, clean the windows, scour the bathroom, etc., and for what? To start all over again.
My husband has it figured out, though. If, when he comes home, he says, "Good job, hon, looks great.", you can pretty much guarantee that tomorrow I am going to wash, clean, scour, scrub, etc. Why? Because what I did was noticed and appreciated. I felt as if my time was well spent.
Our virtuous woman works hard. Her time is valuable because she spends it well. Well enough that her children rise up and call her blessed. Well enough that her husband praises her.
Her husband has learned down deep a very good principle,
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church and gave himself for it; that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. That He might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. Ephesians 5:25-27
His love and devotion for her creates in her a desire to please him. Because she puts him first, he puts her first. Jesus said that in order to be first in the kingdom, first we must make ourselves a servant. This beautiful couple of God live it out. To His glory and praise.
My Father, what a beautiful picture that You allowed to be painted. Lord,
in this whole series I see Your Son. I see You drawing us to holiness. I
hear You saying, "I love You, come." Lord, help me to do my best - for You.
As I work and draw breath, I ask that You would help me to remember that
my goal, my only goal in life is to hear You say, "Well done, thou good and
faithful child." Make me Your servant Lord. Help me to live for You. I love