Saturday, July 31, 2010

She is Wise

The Face of Wisdom, by Ezshwan Winding
We have been doing a study of God's love of women this month. In a time when they were devalued, and thought of as "less" God, and later Jesus, continuously lifted women up in equality. Because this has been our topic of study, more and more things have been opened up to me. I noticed tonight that in Proverb 3: 14-18 Wisdom is referred to as "she". Another example of God lifting and honoring his daughters. If God did not hold women up high then He would never have allowed Solomon to give something as sought after as wisdom the title of "she". So many times I have found throughout scripture that God can take you deeper and deeper into His word, and the same verse can speak to you in a new way. When I look at versus 13-18 and think of wisdom as a "she", I can draw a parallel between wisdom as an asset and an actual woman.

13  Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding,    14  for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.    15  She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.    16  Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.    17  Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.    18  She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed.
If a woman is a Godly woman, a woman of wisdom, then how blessed would that man be to find her? Reread the versus and consider wisdom as being his Godly Wife. If a woman is the wife that God has called her to be, then the attributes in these verses would also be present in her marriage as she in turn lifts her husband up as well. 

Just as I count myself blessed to have a wise and Godly husband, I believe that he considers himself blessed to have a wise and Godly wife!  ;)

If you want to take your mind one step deeper, consider the following verse:
19  By wisdom the LORD laid the earth's foundations,

This one of many examples of a verse that helps women to see that God relates to all of what and who we are, even though He is a... well, a HE. Wisdom is called she, and the very next verse says that God used it to lay down the earth's foundations.

We are all failed and flawed human beings, but that does not mean that God does not have expectations. (Not to be misunderstood with earning one's own salvation, which is a gift) I believe that He asks a lot of us because He knows that when we have faith and trust in Him, we have the wisdom and the strength to follow through.

*And just in case you were wondering, yes, Proverb 31, "The Woman of Noble Character"  chapter does include wisdom also:
26  She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

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