Reverence

reverence

If homes are made by the wisdom of women then they are destroyed by their foolishness.  God made the woman from the man to be an adorning blessing. She is his representative, his glory. He is her head; she his crowning delight. The virtuous woman shows herself worthy of her husband’s trust. He has no need to search abroad for gain (Prov. 31:11), for his soul is at rest in the sanctuary of their home. He and the children are blessed continually by her faithful submission. She is not strong-willed in her appetites and passions, though capable and deliberate in her God-ordained calling. She is correctable, not stubborn, or demanding to be coddled. He is her authority, she his complement and support. She reverences God and seeks to glorify Him (Prov. 31:30); faithful in ministering to the needs of those whom God has entrusted to her care (Prov. 31:27). Diligent and industrious, she is a woman of good works (Prov. 31:12-20); humble, ready to learn from the least example to the greatest foe.

As our honesty reveals our heart of reverence for God – our dishonesty reveals that it does not. For those of us who have come to know that life is training us for eternity, we have a hard time understanding the person who continues to be consumed by trivial and arrogant curiosity while ignoring the good news of all Jesus Christ has to offer. It is like coming before a judge in the courtroom on a charge you are obviously guilty of committing and then, when the judge offers a way of avoiding punishment, turning around and attempting to blame the judge for what happened. That would be absurd! When we think all this through, we come to appreciate what John Milton wrote:

What better can we do, than prostrate fall
Before him reverent; and there confess
Humbly our faults, and pardon beg; with tears
Watering the ground, and with our sighs the air
Frequenting, sent from hearts contrite, in sign
Of sorrow unfeign’d, and humiliation meek?

 

 

 

 

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