"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?
I was in my 40s when my grandmother, Jewel, died in her mid-90s. One of my strongest childhood memories was sleeping in the extra twin bed in her room and hearing her pray aloud for each family member by name before she went to sleep.
Sometimes the very thing our souls most need is to stop in the middle of the brokenness and dwell on a thing of beauty. To be reminded that for all that is wrong and broken in the world, there is also beauty and light and life.