I Have Decided – Proverbs 31

Today’s post comes from Caroline Fry, Personal Assistant to Pastor Matt at C3. 

We did it! We finished reading the whole book of Proverbs together as a church family! And even though the Proverbs challenge is over, don’t stop now. You can read a chapter of Proverbs everyday. Whether you read a few chapters or 100%, I pray God will pour so much wisdom and blessing over you today! Maybe that blessing will come in the form of ice cream or coffee… who knows! 🙂

Today’s chapter is Proverbs 31. When I was asked to write this blog, I didn’t feel qualified because I’m not a “wife of noble character.” It’s easy to overlook this chapter because we naturally think it’s just for wives, but let’s take a closer look!

Todays Reading: Proverbs 31

Today’s Key Scripture: Proverbs 31:29-30 “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all! Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.”

I believe the woman that is mentioned in this chapter is the Bride of Christ, which includes all of us as believers! The key point that separates us from the world is “one who fears the Lord.” To fear the Lord means to stand in awe of Him. It is not about standing in awe of that celebrity we adore or the amount of likes we get on a #selfie. It is about having reverence toward God and living each moment for Him. Do you ever see a beautiful sunrise and just stand in awe of what a magnificent creator we have? Have you ever been sick, experienced a healing, then just stood in awe of what a miraculous God we have? Were you ever lost in life, maybe found yourself in a dark pit, but God brought you out, then all you could do was stand in awe of his sovereignty? That is the kind of God we serve, and we should stand in awe of Him everyday!

The bride of Christ lives out faithfulness, virtue, reverence, goodness, strength, endurance, she excels, fears the Lord and is praiseworthy. Each of us have our own strengths in the body of Christ, and those naturally flow out of us through our reverence to God. Some of my strengths would involve being energetic, charitable, and strong. My passion is children and overseas missions. When my heart is stirred, I immediately want to go and give my energy and resources to show them Christ’s love. God made us all unique, so it’s good to know what your strengths are and use those to benefit the body of Christ. These characteristics in Proverbs 31 will flow out of us, as we fear the Lord.

As you go about your day, I challenge yourself to stop more and just stand in awe of how amazing our God is! Examine your life and discover what your strengths and passions are, then start exercising them in the church!

Prayer Focus: Dear God, Your works are wonderful, and your mercies are new every morning! We stand in awe of You today for saving us, performing miracles in our lives, and directing us. Thank you for reminding us each day that you have not forgotten about us, you love us unconditionally, and you have the best in store for us. There is no one like you, God. We love you so much. In Jesus’ name. Amen.