Proactive and Provider
Virtuous Woman 1×05
Proverbs 31:14- She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar.
You have to make an effort to get quality products and good things out of life. You can get these through prayer and other religious exercises. You will receive faith, hope, and be able to weather the storms of life.
Women must look for opportunities and be a good steward of their possessions. It is important to purchase quality goods even if it’s harder to obtain. Extend your operations beyond your neighborhood. Don’t let distance stop you from getting what is best for you and your family.
Merchant ships are like online vendors, but you still need to do your research and make sure your investments are wise. You can vet vendors out by reputable sources like the better business bureau.
Acts 16:14- Lydia was a seller of purple. She was active and didn’t stay at home. It is a false expression that woman have to stay at home, they certainly can, and it is a noble work. Angel’s father would say stay at home moms are like domestic engineers, but that’s not to say they can’t go out and be business women or pursue other professions as well.
Satan and his demons can be like magicians with their lies. They may not have real power, but only slight of hand and trickery. Their goal is to make us believe their lies and create space between us and God. What if we Christians hold the power. We don’t have to fall for their deception. If we stay in the word and in the light of God it is easy to see the illusion. Our emotions can be such a driving force in our lives, but if we stand firm on God and his word, we cannot be easily swayed.
We need to bless those who curse us. Matthew 5:43-45 says, ‘“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.’
What we think about is what we say and what we say is what we give power to. We have a choice each day to either use our power to bless or curse. God made us in his image. God created everything from speaking. What you say can either lift up or destroy.
Deuteronomy 30:19- I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live.
We chose life in our actions and speech.
Proverbs 18:20-21 says, ‘From the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach is satisfied; he is satisfied by the yield of his lips. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
We obtain blessings from Heaven by speaking God’s truth and promises over everything. God has given everything to us to be good stewards of. We need to care for this world.
If you are ever wondering if something is God’s will, then ask yourself if God would permit it in Heaven, if not, then you have your answer. If what is going on in your life is not God’s will then it is time to send those merchant ships out and gather what is God’s best and what he has wanted us to have all along.
Matthew Henry’s Commentary says she can be trusted. The Proverbs 31 woman is entrusted to provide food. It’s ironic that this woman is in charge of such a task, when not long before, Eve made such a grave decision to take fruit off of the forbidden tree. She was so easily deceived and now there is death and sin in the world. Thank the Lord for a savior and for second chances.
We all fall short and make mistakes. It’s not a matter of if, but when. The mistake isn’t necessarily important, but it’s how we recover and respond that makes the difference between God’s people and the rest of the world.
Closing encouragement: The proverbs 31 woman has set a high bar. Don’t beat yourself up if your life gets messy and you’re not able to do it all. It can be detrimental to your own wellbeing. Prioritize the health and wellbeing of yourself and your family.
Cutting a corner isn’t the end of the world.