Sunday, October 4, 2015

Day 4: What do you crave?

31 Days of Godly Womanhood

On to Day 4 (click here to see all of the 31 Days posts.)

I have a confession to make. I'm struggling with these first few verses of Proverbs 31. Not that I'm struggling with doing what they say, but just the opposite. These verses seem like common sense to me, so I don't have a lot to say about them.

I want to get to the "meat" of Proverbs 31 - verses 10-31.

But then, I need to remember that ALL Scripture is God-breathed. It's all here for us to read, learn from and take to heart.

These verses are just as important as other passages.

And they may be hitting some of you right between the eyes. That's a good thing. That means God is really trying to tell you something. So listen up.

Proverbs 31:4 --

"It is not for kings, O Lemuel -- 
not for kings to drink wine, 
not for rulers to crave beer..."

Before we go any further, I don't think God is saying here that drinking is a sin. I used to think that when I was a teenager (which saved me from some trouble, I'm sure!), but now I don't.

I think the point is not to crave alcohol - don't let it consume you.

And looking ahead to verse 5, Lemuel's mom says kings shouldn't drink "lest they ... forget what the law decrees."

In other words - don't let alcohol muddle your thinking.

This is especially important for the ruler of a nation, a king over the people. He is the one they look to for wisdom, for justice ... an example of how they should live.

Being drunk doesn't set the best example, does it?

As women, we need to remember that we are setting the example for our children, and for others particularly those women who are younger than us. (See Titus 2:3-5. Those verses are a whole 'nother series in themselves.)

What does our example say?

Are we allowing physical desires (verse 3) or food, wine, TV, books, or anything else to take our minds away from God?

Are we putting anything in our lives above God? If so, then we've made that thing an idol.

"You shall have no other gods before me." - Exodus 20:3

I struggle with this daily.

I turn to food for comfort when I'm stressed...

I worry about my kids to the point of distraction...

I scroll through Pinterest wishing my house looked like that ...

Who's with me?

I won't pretend that I have all of the answers (or even some of the answers!), but I know who does.

El Shaddai. The Almighty God.

He stands ready to swoop in and rescue us from ourselves. All we need to do is ask.

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