Tuesday, April 19, 2011

You Wear a ...... Skirt? (Part 6)

“Weak and Wimpy, or Precious Treasure?”
Posted by Missy in April 2011

Part 6 of:  “You Wear a ….. Skirt?”

So, what does the Bible mean when it refers to the woman as the weaker vessel?  It’s simple.  He created you to be precious.  God created women to be precious jewels, unlike anything else ever found in creation.  A married woman is to be “her husband’s crown”.  Now that doesn’t sound like a unequal or unimportant position to me!  

I once heard someone give an example of the kind of “weak” the Bible is talking about in reference to women.  The speaker picked up a large vase of flowers and said, “Imagine if this vase were something rare, something expensive.  It’s made out of precious stones and is
worth several million dollars.  Where would you keep such an item?  Would you toss it in a pile of dirty laundry or would you place it in the cleanest, safest, most important place you could find?  If someone were to ask you if you would carry a multimillion dollar vase, would you grab it and start skipping around with it? Maybe toss it to a friend and say, “Here! Catch this!”  
Ladies, you are that multimillion dollar vase. Learn to look at yourself this way, in humbleness, through God’s eyes, instead of looking in the mirror and seeing a piece of trash.  The only true and lasting fulfillment you will ever find is from Christ and from learning, through Him, that true beauty and worth, come from within and not from mere outward appearance.
God created us as women to be precious.  To be princesses.  Not like the princesses that I always thought of who would become hysterical if they broke a fingernail, but a strong woman of God who shines with a beauty that can only be found in the heart.  His precious princess. 

Pro 31:10 - 31
“An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. 
The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. 
She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. 
She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. 
She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. 
She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her
She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. 
She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. 
She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night. 
She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. 
She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy. 
She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet. 
She makes bed coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple. 
Her husband is known in the gates when he sits among the elders of the land. 
She makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant. 
Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. 
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. 
She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 
Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 
"Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all." 
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. 
Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.”

Looking at this Proverbs 31 woman, would you call her a wimp?  Probably not, yet, she’s not the leader of the household, so does that mean her position is any less important then that of her husband?  Not one bit.  She is a precious jewel and yet she is clothed in strength and dignity.  She is of great worth and yet, she does not become prideful, but in humbleness strives to bless everyone around her. 

(Continued in Part 7)

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