Chapter 20 The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.
This week’s question: “Who can find a virtuous wife?” (Proverbs 31.10).
At the beginning, when God created everything, He declared each part of creation “good!” That is, until He created man. Then He said, “It is not good that the man should be alone …”
God created us for relationships, first with Him and then with others. One of the most important relationships is the one between a husband and wife. Hawkins says:
After one’s personal relationship with the living Christ, there is no more important relationship than the one between a husband and wife. In fact, marriage is so central to life that Paul chose it to illustrate the relationship that exists between Christ and His own bride, the church. After discussing all the various nuances of the husband-wife relationship in Ephesians 5, Paul said, “This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church” (v. 32). My relationship with my wife, Susie, is to present to the world a vivid and vital picture of Christ’s relationship with us, His chosen bride.
So this question should take center stage in the heart and mind of anyone choosing a life partner: “Who can find a virtuous wife?” (Proverbs 31: 10).
The author goes on to talk about the three important attributes of a virtuous wife:
- She is blessed because of her faith. This starts with a reverential fear of the Lord (Prov. 31.30). Her faith then leads to faithfulness lived out in her relationships with her husband, her children, and others.
- She leaves a beautiful legacy. Her children rise up and call her blessed and so does her husband (Prov. 31.28).
- She trusts in the goodness of the Lord. Proverbs 31.25 says, “She shall rejoice in time to come,” or as the NASB phrases it, “She smiles at the future.” The virtuous woman is not fretful or worried because of her trust in the Lord.
Hawkins ends this chapter with this:
And by the way, Jesus our Bridegroom is looking for the same traits in us, His chosen bride.
Ladies, if you are married, are you walking in faith and the fear of the Lord? Are you faithful? Do you seek to leave a beautiful legacy? Do you trust in the goodness of the Lord or are you fretful and anxious?
Gentlemen, these are not characteristics for wives only. Are you faithful in your marriage relationship? Are you walking in the fear of the Lord? Are you the husband and father God has called you to be? Do you trust God and His sovereignty?
If you are not married, are you preparing to be a godly husband or wife and have you set a standard for the kind of husband or wife you want some day?
And what about in your relationship with the Lord? Are you growing in faith and faithfulness?
Next week’s question is: Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? (Isaiah 6.8).
Last week’s question: “Where can I go from Your Spirit?” (Psalm 139.7). Read it here.
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