The Jesus Code: “Faith, Legacies & the Goodness of God” + LINKUP

 

The Jesus Code

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.

 

 

You can get a copy of The Jesus Code and follow along with these 52 vital questions. The chapters are short and can easily be read in one sitting. If you do, I’d love your feedback. Click here to get the book or here for Kindle.

Blessings,
Donna

 

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11 thoughts on “The Jesus Code: “Faith, Legacies & the Goodness of God” + LINKUP

  1. I am getting so much out of these studies. I am thankful it finally hit me to subscribe by email, so I don’t miss any! The part that really resonated with me today was the part about “rejoicing about days to come”. I struggle so much with anxiety, due to a lot of stressful things that have happened in the past, and I know I need to turn things over to the dear Lord and stop worrying so much. I do try, but it is an area of real struggle for me. I know you have tons to pray for, but if I come to mind, please pray for me along this line. I want to leave a Godly legacy behind, and I always want to be strong for my dear husband and son. We are earnestly seeking God’s will for our future, as things appear so uncertain to us right now. May God help us to just know HIs will and follow Him completely. I can’t begin to say how much of a blessing you are to me!

    • I added you to my prayer list as soon as I read your comment. I’ll be praying for God’s wisdom and direction and for the peace that passes all understanding.

      I find one of the best ways to take those anxious thought captive is to focus on what is true according to God’s Word (Phil 4.8), instead of trying to NOT worry.

      But another passage that has helped me is 1 Jn. 4.18-19, “18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19 We love Him because He first loved us.”

      It took me a long time for the lightbulb to go on. I couldn’t understand how fear and love were opposites. But then I realized 2 things. First, I need to contemplate His love for me. The more I understand just how much He loves me (enough to die in my place), the more I can trust Him with my future. The second thing is to focus on loving others so I don’t think so much of myself and my worries. As I read your posts and see all the sweet prayer requests you put on there for others, I think you already are focused on loving others.

      Have a great week in the Lord!

  2. Hey Donna, thanks for sharing all that you do with us at Good Morning Mondays. You are such a light in a dark world and I appreciate all thew work you put in to bless us all. Have a great week and I am really enjoying Samuel with you at the Moment. Blessings

    • Me, too, it’s packed with powerful stories and insights, isn’t it! Blessings and thanks so much for your linkup.

  3. Such a great reminder of what God looks for in a virtuous woman. I want to be her. I want to exemplify this to my own daughter. Thanks for sharing the opportunity to link up. 😉

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