Bible In One Year-Day 203 (Tuesday, July 22, 2014)
Commentary: Proverbs28-31. There are three levels of womanhood; woman, wife and a virtuous woman. The first one is a natural phenomenon, while the second is how you make yourself. But to be a virtuous woman, only God can make that be. The attribute of a virtuous woman is absolutely of the Holy Spirit and that is why she is tagged VIRTUOUS, i.e. full of virtue (which means POWER FOR EXCELLENCE AND GLORY). Virtue is not a physical thing but spiritual. Virtue goes out to give life and solution to peoples’ problems. Virtue ensures things go as they ought to go; this means it restores the original where pervesion is, just as it restores the health of the woman with the issue of blood. Whoever carries virtue is a solution to human problems. Jesus said virtue has gone out of me and somebody was healed of unexplainable problem.
Luke 8:46 “And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.”
When a woman without virtue gives out crates of bottled water or even water dispenser, it will end up in strife. But if a woman of virtue gives you just a cup of water, you cannot hold back blessing her because it is going to meet the need in a timely manner and whatever she does is blessed; her actions are led by the Spirit and not by zeal. For a woman to be tagged ‘VIRTUOUS’ means she is a wonderful channel for the beauty and goodness of God; she is a satisfaction as a wife, a satisfaction as a mother, a satisfaction as relation and neighbor, a satisfaction in all ramifications of womanhood. You cannot come across her and ignore her; she is full of irresistible virtue. In character, in words and in deeds, you could see the presence of the glory of Jesus. Esther had that virtue and the king could not resist it. Virtue is beauty within; it is a fountain of living water that satisfies thirsty souls.
1 Peter 3:3-4 “Whose adorning let it not be the outward adorning of braiding the hair, and of wearing jewels of gold, or of putting on apparel;but let it bethe hidden man of the heart, in the incorruptible apparelof a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.”
The food of a woman without virtue is snare and the gift is a trap but that of a virtuous woman is an expression of God’s love and kindness. The work of the hand of a virtuous wife praises her and gives her no pride of heart. This is not so with a woman without this divine endowment; her work will bound you to the valley. All the prophets who ate at Jezebel’s table were bound to the valley. They fell from the presence of God to the ground under Jezebel’s feet. To be a virtuous woman, ask for the fullness of the Holy Spirit and let the word of God find a place in you. This applies to men also.
Proverbs 31:10-31 “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.”
One of the things that affect the world negatively is a hateful or bitter woman who gets married. The world could only be sweet when a loving and virtuous woman becomes a mother; she is a mother to all around her. A virtuous woman is not a lord over her husband or those around her. She is respectful and not domineering; a contact with her is a contact with a bliss of love and kindness. We need women of virtue and men of valor. May God give us in Jesus name (Amen).
Proverbs 21:19 “It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.”
Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Ecclestiaste1-3. Keep the fire burning and alive.
Proverbs 28:13 “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”
Pastor Supo Abayode
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries