May 10, 2020

A valuable woman - Bro. T. Stephen

I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. I take this moment to wish all the mothers in this world, “A happy Mother’s day”. 

The blessed word that  God  has  given  for  you  today  is  from the book of  Proverbs 31: 10,15,16 , “’Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far more than rubies. She also rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household. She considers a field and buys it. From her profits she plants a vineyard.’’

The above verse is often cited in praise of wives and mothers. And is among the most popular and familiar texts from Proverbs. From the above verse king Lemuel  ‘describes “’the virtuous wife” by the  tremendous amount of work she does for her family. She also rises while it is yet night.  And   provides food  for her household. She is not afraid of the snow, and all her household are   clothed in scarlet. God says, it is part of what a truly valuable woman will do. Paul an inspired apostle of Jesus Christ expects the younger woman to be discreet, chaste homemakers, good and obedient to their own husbands that the word of God may not be blasphemed. 

What  Apostle Paul and King Lemuel speaks through the Proverbs,  is that God wants women to work for their families.  Lydia, for example, held a job.  A valuable woman works with her husband rather than challenging his authority or doing him harm. The Bible says, the heart of her husband safely trusts her. So he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not evil, all the days, of her life. Lemuel speaks of the husband being well respected in the community   due to his wife’s support and work behind  the  scenes. In God’s ideal family,   husband and wife are a team working together to overcome problems, strengthen one another, and raise godly children. 

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, If a house is divided against itself that house cannot stand. And when woman refuse to work with her husband, it is no  wonder why so many homes are broken today. A valuable woman works with and supports her husband, despite his failings. And knows  that the peace from submission is far more valuable than always getting her way. A valuable woman works for the Lord.  The Godly woman’s work is not just for her family it is also for her God.  She extends her hand to the poor, yes. she reaches out her hands to the needy. The passage concludes with a grand note saying, Charm is deceitful, and beauty is passing but a woman who fears the Lord she shall be praised. There are many things that a woman can do for the Lord in a better way, than men can.   Dorcas  was one such woman who was full of good works  and charitable deeds which she did. She made tunics and garments for many of the widows in Joppa. God appreciates  such  hard  work and promises to reward. When life is done, and we look back over our lives, our focus will not be on how many ladders we climbed or the size of the pay cheques we earned but on whether we worked for the Lord. Valuable woman realize the importance of God’s work. God bless you. 

Prayer:  Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Thank You Lord for teaching us, as to how a valuable woman ought to be.  We thank you for women like Lydia, and Dorcas  who set a good example of valuable woman. Teach us Lord to work united with our husband and build our family and also serve the Lord  together. Help us to be patient and tolerant with our spouse.  May we realize the importance of God’s work in our lives and strive to work for God. 

In Jesus name we pray. 


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