Drip, drip, drip … ladies, our Proverbs reading says we can choose to be godly wives and a blessing to our husbands or we can choose our own way. If you’re married, what kind of a wife are you?
1 Chronicles 7 & 8
1 Chronicles 7 & 8:
Looking for baby names?
If you’re expecting all this genealogy gives you an abundance of names from which to choose. Who’s going to be the first to have a little Elioaenai or Hotham or Japhlet? Or maybe you could name that darling little girl Maacah or Hushim or Baara. Maybe Shuppim and Huppim for those twins! It makes you wonder why some of those names didn’t come into modern usage!
God is looking for those whose hearts are completely His
Possible baby names aside, it can be challenging to get through all this genealogy. But God had a reason for including it in His inspired Word. And we need to dig in and find the nuggets of truth.
I was struck with how many times the men listed were described as “mighty men of valor.” God is still looking for “might men” and “mighty women” who will stand up and be counted in the battle to win souls.
2 Chronicles 16.9a says, “For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.”
Confusion & sleepless nights
The psalmist is so caught up in his problems that he can’t sleep or even explain how he’s feeling. Thinking about better times only makes him more depressed and, try as he may, he can’t see a solution. In tomorrow’s reading we’ll see where all this leads him.
Drip, drip, drip …
These two verses contrast two different kinds of wives. The first is “continually dripping”—constantly nagging. The second is the “prudent” or wise wife. Do you see that, ladies? Nagging is the opposite of wisdom! For those who are married God gives us a choice as to what kind of wife we’ll be. It’s up to us! Are we going to allow God to work through us, and become His gift to our husbands, or are we going to take matters into our own hands and try to nag our husbands into becoming what we think they should be? In reality, we can’t change them, but we can allow God to change us!
I’d love to hear your stories about how God taught you that lesson, ladies. And husbands, I’d love to hear your stories about how your wife is a wise woman. Put them in the comments section at the bottom of the blog and I’ll include some of them in a future blog.
Obeying God rather than men
Peter and John had been miraculously released from prison, after being forbidden to preach the Gospel. Instead of running home and hiding, they went back to the temple to preach. When they were brought back before the authorities and charged with doing what they had been told to stop, they said, “We ought to obey God rather than men.”
This cannot be used an excuse to disobey all civil authority. In fact, Romans 13 tells us that we should obey the civil authorities. The only time we have the right, really the responsibility, to disobey those in authority over us is when we are being asked to sin—that is to disobey the direct commands of God.
This applies to any authority, whether on the job, in the public arena or at home. In those cases, we too, must obey God rather than men, even to our own hurt. In this case, the Apostles had been given a specific command from God to go and preach.
What about you? Questions to ponder or journal:
What nuggets have you discovered in your recent reading in God’s Word? Write them down for further consideration and share them with us in the comments section.
And don’t forget to share your stories related to our Proverbs reading.
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