"A woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." Proverbs 31:30
Contrary to popular belief, the woman in Proverbs 31 wasn't perfect. She was only human, after all, full of faults and frailties just like the rest of us. The thing that set her apart wasn't her work ethic or charitable giving (although those were certainly commendable). It was her fear of the Lord.
She feared God, and she ordered her life accordingly. Why did she work hard? Because she feared the Lord. Why was she generous? Because she feared the Lord. Why did she serve her family so diligently? Because she feared the Lord.
Do you get where we're going here? God doesn't expect us, nor has he called us, to be perfect. But he does expect us to fear him. That's why we've chosen Proverbs 31:30 as our verse of the month.
If there's anything we can learn from the Proverbs 31 woman, it's this: Fearing the Lord will change your life.
Are you living in holy fear of the Lord? How has it changed you?
Given the option between a life of ease and a life of suffering, I'll take the the easy road every time. Yes please to the good life. Hard pass on the hardship. But Jesus isn't like me. He knew what was to come, and he walked toward it with eyes and arms wide open.
Here lately, every time I hear the familiar chords of an old hymn at church, tears prick my eyes, and it's a real struggle not to ugly cry in the middle of the sanctuary. It's the darnedest thing. Given the sidelong glances she gives me every time it happens, I'm pretty sure that our youngest daughter is seriously worried about me.