“His Choices” and Proverbs 31:19

It’s Black Friday!  I’m doubting that I can catch too much attention with all the shopping and family time taking place.  Thank you to those who visit.

The topic this week was choices.  Before we get into the chapter, let’s discuss the most important choice that any of us can make.  That choice is to give Jesus our heart and life and believe that He died on the cross for our sins and rose the third day.  Without this choice, the rest really doesn’t matter.

You can’t get to heaven through good works:  Ephesians 2:8-9  “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  (9)  Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Jesus’ mother Mary cannot save you: 1Timothy 2:5  “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”  In other words, Jesus is the one who paid the price for our sins and can save us, not Mary.

If you haven’t made a personal decision to follow Jesus, take the time to consider it today.  I make no promises that life will get easier.  In fact, it might get harder.  I do promise you that the angels in heaven with rejoice (Luke 15:10), God will welcome you into his kingdom, and you will have a place in heaven when you die.  There are so many benefits beyond that!

If you’re already made the choice and are unmarried, know that God desires for you to marry a person who believes the same way that you do.  2 Corinthians 6:14 “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”

If you are already married to a man who doesn’t believe in Jesus, this is not a reason to divorce him:   1 Peter 3:1 “Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives.”  1 Corinthians 7:13-15  “And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.  (14)  For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.  (15)  But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.”

God laid it on my heart to share all that with you.  I pray that it was helpful!

The chapter we read from The Power of a Praying Wife was “His Choices”.

Things that touched me:

I’m going to include a large quote.  I thought this section was really good:

We have to remember that all men think they are doing the right thing.  “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes” (Proverbs 21:2).  But God is the only one who can give true discernment.  He can give us wisdom when we ask for it.  Wisdom brings success (Ecclesiastes 10:10), and it enables us to learn from experience (Proverbs 15:31).  We want our husbands to be wise men.

The opposite of a wise man is a fool.  The Bible describes a fool as someone who only “trusts in his own heart” (Proverbs 28:26).  He despises wisdom (Proverbs 23:9).  He only wants to talk and doesn’t want to listen (Proverbs 18:2).  In other words, you can’t tell him anything.  He is quarrelsome (Proverbs 20:3), and he rages and is arrogant when you try to reason with him (Proverbs 14:16).  A fool is someone who is incapable of weighing thoroughly the consequences of his actions.  As a result, he doesn’t make wise choices.  If you have a husband like that, pray for him to have wisdom.

Here are the things that touched me in the section:

  1. She points out that we all think we are doing the right thing.  We all can be stubborn when it comes to this.  When we wear Jesus shaded glasses, our worldview changes.
  2. God can give us wisdom when we ask for it.  James 1:5  “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”  Are we asking?
  3.  When we don’t learn from our experiences, we are fools.  We also need to learn from counsel and correction.  Proverbs 12:15  “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.”  Proverbs 15:5  “A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.”  Proverbs 17:10  “A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.”  Proverbs 23:9  “Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.”
  4. She gives a good description of a fool.  I pray that neither we nor our husbands are fools.

I didn’t find anything in this chapter that I respectfully disagree with.

Proverbs 31:19 “She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.“

Once again this virtuous woman has proved that she is diligent and hard-working.  She is especially skillful with her hands.

Alas, I again admit that I don’t sew (except for that occasional button).  I had to look up what a spindle and distaff are.

spin·dle  (spndl)n.

1.

a. A rod or pin, tapered at one end and usually weighted at the other, on which fibers are spun by hand into thread and then wound.

b. A similar rod or pin used for spinning on a spinning wheel.

c. A pin or rod holding a bobbin or spool on which thread is wound on an automated spinning machine.

dis·taff  (dstf) n.

1.

a. A staff that holds on its cleft end the unspun flax, wool, or tow from which thread is drawn in spinning by hand.

b. An attachment for a spinning wheel that serves this purpose.

2. Work and concerns traditionally considered important to women.

3. Women considered as a group.

Back in Mrs. Proverbs 31 day, she knew how to spin cloth to make clothes and other needed items.  Sewing is still a highly useful skill, and I know many a virtuous woman who apply is well to their household.  I must say that I would think that spinning cloth might use up more time and money than buying cloth at the store.  With our modern technology, time could be better spent?  Your thoughts?

This skillful lady is able to take the supplies that God has provided and make something useful and beautiful.  God gave her the wisdom to accomplish this task.  What kinds of supplies has the Lord given you, and how are you using them to His glory?

That reminds me of a song!  All together now!

Ecclesiastes 3:11  “He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.”

Since I don’t sew, I can’t give you a rich story of the meaning of how to use a spindle or distaff.  I do know that sewing can be very tedious and get all tangled up quickly.  This virtuous woman is able to focus!  No ADHD here 🙂

So, let’s look at how God can use our hands beyond sewing.  🙂

Proverbs 31:16  “She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.”

Proverbs 31:20  “She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.”

Ecclesiastes 9:10  “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.”

These are all Scriptures related to hands, and I know you and I do many things with our hands.  My hands are typing right now!  I was dishes, clean, bathe myself and the children, brush my hair and the children’s hair.  I feed the cat.  I make the bed.  I cook dinner, lunch, breakfast.  I turn the pages of a book.  The list can go one, but you get the idea.  Thank God for hands, huh?

Your assignment for week 12:  Read Chapter 11 of The Power of a Praying Wife “His Health”.  What touched you?  Any disagreements?  Pray that your husband will care about his health and that God would make him well.  Also, study and ruminate on Proverbs 31:20.

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2 thoughts on ““His Choices” and Proverbs 31:19

  1. Proverbs 31:19 “She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.“

    So as I was reading your definitions I saw something really cool that I haven’t seen before with this verse. I’m not changing this scripture at all but to show you want I saw I’m going to for a moment replace words with ones from the definitions.
    “She layeth her hands to the rod, and her hands hold the staff.”
    Have you ever done a study of the rod or the staff? I know Christ is the rod and I think the staff might be the Holy Spirit? I’m going to have to study up more on that I think! If it is as interesting to you as it is to me, seek it out. But as I read your post I was just so blessed to see, yet again, what this verse is saying on one particular level and again it confirms, true Christianity is not about us doing things for God but yielding ourselves and allowing Him to do things through us.

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