It's the weekend! Hooray! Does this mean you're sat in bed watching Netflix like me? Or maybe you're still recovering from a wild night? Or maybe you're up, the chores are done and you're ready to take on the rest of the weekend? You go, girl.
Like I said, I'm in bed watching telly with my husband right now as I write this. But by the time you read this it will be tomorrow, or today. Either way, it's Sunday and it's time to take a rest from writing.
So, the Wife of Noble Character, a poetic picture of wisdom being lived out through a woman. What can we learn from her today?
Well Proverbs 31 verse 13 tells us this,
'She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.'
Okay so cool, she collects materials? I collect Halloween memorabilia. Should we all start collecting flax? Naaah. I don't think that's the message here.
In his commentary, John Gill unpicks the meaning of this verse. Let me try and explain in my own words:
- Wool was collected and made into outer garments (like the cute woolen coat I bought online yesterday).
- Flax was collected to make inward garments (like shirts and other cute clothes).
These two materials could be metaphors for acts of faith. Both are vital for the life and growth of a Christian, but are empty without the other.
- Outer acts of faith are going to church, listening to preaches and volunteering in ministry.
- Inner acts of faith are trust in God, love, humility, self-control and many more.
These inner acts are part of the 'new self' that we 'put on' when we become a new creation in Christ like we see in Colossians 3 verse 9-10:
'Do not lie to each other,
since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self,
which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.'
And that, my friends, is my explanation of what John Gill says in fancier words about this verse.
The important thing to recognise in this verse is that she 'works with eager hands'. She works hard. She takes responsibility for her own faith. But she is eager because she recognises the value of this work - stepping into the new self and freedom in your identity in Christ.