The Glowing Wife, Day 14
I’m a night owl. I love staying up late into the wee morning hours because this is when I get the most work done – around the house and writing-wise. However, my daytime teaching job prevents me from being able to stay up late since I have to wake up so early to commute.
Proverbs 31:18 says, “She sees what she has earned is good, and her lamp does not go out at night (NLV).” Does this mean the Proverbs 31-wife pulls all-nighters frequently to make products to sell? I don’t think so, and I certainly don’t advocate pulling all-nighters to make a profit. However, I do think we can apply this passage to the modern wife spiritually.
She works hard to benefit her husband, family, and home. Her work is profitable. While the Proverbs-31 wife does make things to sell, many of us do not. That’s okay. It doesn’t make us any less spiritual or praise-worthy. The word ‘profit‘ is defined as more than just financial gain. Merriam-Webster Dictionary says, “a valuable return… the advantage or benefit gained from doing something.”
She invests in her family and the returns she receives only further benefits herself and home. Proverbs 14:23 says, “All hard work is profitable...” Titus 3:8 says, “those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.” She is devoted to doing what is good so her whole household may earn the blessings and benefits of hard work.
She is prepared for night. She is prepared for physical night – she has completed her daytime tasks so she can spend time with her family in the evening. She doesn’t need to take precious time to do chores or run errands. Does this mean you can never go to the store at night? No, but try to make time to be at home with your family. This is so important for married couples – to make sure they get at least a few minutes each night for themselves. Kids are important, and they certainly need TLC, but kids also need to see that mom and dad make each other a priority. I also think this means she has dinner plans in mind before nighttime arrives. This doesn’t mean that dinner is on the table the instant her husband gets home, but I do think she takes care to plan her evening meal.
She glows in the light of Christ. In all that she does, even when she is laying down to sleep, she glows because Christ is in her and is a light to those around her.
- “You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light.” 2 Samuel 22:29
- “Let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light” (ESV). Romans 13:11
- “Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.” Psalm 112:4
- Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
Ladies, it’s a battlefield out there. The world is a dark and scary place without God. By His grace, we are not left alone to fend for ourselves, but are instead given armor of light to protect our hearts, husbands, and homes from darkness. She finds strength and hope in Christ when her light is waning.
1 Peter 2:9 says, “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.”
You’ve been called out of darkness into the marvelous light of Christ. Shine for Him in all you do!
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How do you work to glorify God in all you do? How are you a light to your husband and your family?
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