“Give and it will be given unto you,” said Jesus. But it does not end there. He continued His promise by adding, “A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
As we come to the close of our “Seeds of Wisdom” there can be no more fitting words for us to consider than the words in the last verse of Proverbs: “Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.” God does indeed reward those who are faithful to His Word, those who follow His instructions and those who minister to the needs of family, friends and others.
This “wife of noble character” did many “good things.” As a result of her godly living and disciplined life, she is to be recognized and rewarded by being “praised at the city gate.” The city gate is where the husband had been recognized for his wife of “noble character.” But, now the recognition is focused on her for a life of selfless-service, family-focus and faithfulness.
Previously, he was recognized for her faithfulness to God and bringing honor to his name. Now, it is her turn to be praised. Might it be that it was her husband who led the chorus of praise at the city gate? “Let’s give a shout for my wife of ‘noble character!’ Let’s give her the recognition she deserves!”
This is no ordinary woman: she is a “gracious woman who attained honor.” What a model wife and mother! What a tribute to a life well lived! What an example for all women!
Boaz once said to Ruth: “And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All my fellow townsman know you are a woman of noble character.”
Prayer: God, bless all women everywhere who seek to honor You, their husbands and children as women of “noble character.” In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 31:31 Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.