Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Other Proverbs Woman- Guest Post by Michelle

 

We all know about the Virtuous Woman of Proverbs 31, right?  She is a woman of reverence, and faithfulness. She is honorable, wise and kind. She is fearful of the Lord. She is charitable and fruit bearing. She is trustworthy and strong. She is indeed a rare woman.

 However, in the day we live in, it is hard to find a woman such as this. Virtuous women are few and far between these days, and it's truly a shame. We have let her fall to the wayside. We have listened to society for far too long and ignored what God's word says that we should be.

Instead we have become the "Other Proverbs Woman". It is easy become her, it is also easy to fall into her trap. In Proverbs 5-7, we find a father, a teacher, warning his son to stay away from this woman. He describes her as she truly is, he doesn't sugar coat things at all. He warns his son that this woman is trouble. He warns him that yes, she will seem to have what he wants or thinks he may need, but she is indeed an evil woman.



 She is shallow as well as evil. Her conscience is seared, her dress seductive, and her heart is crafty. She is deceptive and a "smooth operator". She is an adulteress, an unfaithful wife whose restless unstable feet do not stay at home. She is defiant against God's law and uses tactics of surprise and flattery to get her way. Her evil character and lifestyle result from not pondering the path of life. Instead, she leads her victims down an path of destruction. She seeks and offers quick yet unsatisfying pleasures. She is unstable and has no anchor in godly character. She not only destroys her own family, but can bring ruins to yours as well.

 Proverbs 7:27 Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.

She is not a woman we would want to be associated with. So then why is it that so many of us are becoming this very woman? Why are we letting our children look up to her?

 We are easily influenced to become such a woman by todays' TV, adult romance novels, social media, society and especially the company we keep. What we feed our mind, will consume our hearts.

 Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: 

How can we keep from becoming this woman?

 We must first turn to Christ, wholly and completely. This is not something we can halfway commit to. God didn't send his Son to die for us so that we could live for Him only on the days that we feel like it.

 We must guard our hearts, our minds and our homes from the proversions of TV, social media, books we read and the company we keep. Are you really paying close attention to what is going on in your own life, in your own home? What kind of people are you surrounding yourself and your family with? What kind of example are you setting for your children? Grandchildren? Neighbors?

 Proverbs 2:10-22 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked; Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths: To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words; Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God. For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead. None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life. That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous. For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it. But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it. 

Have we forgotten the covenant we made to God?

 By understanding who the adulteress of Proverbs is, our eyes are fully opened as to what we shouldn't want to become. Instead of being shallow, we should be unselfish. Instead of being seductive, we should be modest. (Oh I could spend days on that one.) Instead of being deceptive, we should be open, honest and caring. We should be faithful instead of unfaithful, wise instead of foolish, kind instead of hard-hearted. We should be fearful of the Lord and not defiant of God's law. Stable and well grounded in godly character and faith instead of unstable and without anchor.

 Proverbs 31: 10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. 

Which woman of Proverbs are you? Which woman do you reflect? Which woman should you be? I know that I don't speak for everyone, but I certainly speak for myself when I say that I have failed. Not only my husband, my children, my neighbors and anyone else looking at me, but most importantly, God. I feel that God meant this as much for me as for the women at the conference last week. I know I'm not perfect, far from it. But today is a new day. Today we get another shot. Today is our day to be the virtuous woman. Who are you going to be today?

 With Love,
 Michelle

This is a guest post by my beautiful friend, Michelle
  Who blogs over at http://creekermommy.blogspot.com/