An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Grace Makes a Good Wife

(Proverbs 18:22 KJV)  Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.

Is this the same author that warns us about a nagging “wife” (802)?  This word is translated “wife” or “woman”.  They are almost always the same word.

Marriage was instituted by God.  So begins the traditional wedding ceremony.  Marriage is a good thing and was designed to be a good thing.  Like all of creation, it was created good but is subject to the touch of man.  Thus it can be broken, twisted, perverted and otherwise made un-good.  Sin does that, just ask Adam and Eve.

As sin destroys, grace restores. 

So?  If you are married, seek to allow the grace of God to transform it into the blessing it was designed to be.  If you are not married, it is a good thing.  But then, Paul also extolled the virtues of the single person being able to serve the Lord. 

Paul offers some advice.  Both verses are in different contexts but the advice, when combined, is a good starting point for today.
(Philippians 4:11 KJV)  Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
(1 Corinthians 12:31 KJV)  But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

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