The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.

2 Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb!
Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers!
3 Do not spend your strength[a] on women,
your vigor on those who ruin kings. Proverbs 31: 1-3 NIV

Have you ever seen those shirts about the Proverbs 31 woman?  You have probably heard many messages about the Proverbs 31 woman.  But here is something you may not know even though its right there in the first verse of the chapter.  Proverbs 31 was written by a mother to her son.  So although it can be used by women and has been for many years, its ultimate purpose is for mothers to teach their sons and instruct them in the type of woman they should be looking for when they are finding a  wife.

There are so many parables and instructions for daily living in the scripture it almost amazes one.  From parabolic instructions on the consumption of alcoholic beverages to the allegory of a man strength being like currency.  King Lemuel’s mother instructs him not to spend his strength on women or his vigor  on those who ruin kings.  Imagine if every mother taught their son that he was a king regardless of his economic condition or if a father is there in the home.  The main reason people especially urban or even suburban kids these days get off into all types of things is because they don’t know who they are and what they are worth.  Parents in many cases don’t teach them their value and the power of going the other way when culture is pulling them in its own negative current.  When that child is born NO ONE, has more influence in their lives and specifically the mother because she is the nurturer.

This scripture is chock full of all types of wisdom to ensure that a man will have a spouse who is a real help to him and that the woman has the respect of the man because her husband trust her.  Fathers and mothers should teach their sons to respect themselves first then they will respect others.  Respect tends to have love built in because once a person has it for themselves they tend to treat others the same way.  Love your neighbor as yourself.  The other thing that is interesting is that the latter part of Proverbs 31 list characteristics of a woman that the church in some cases and society have tried to only relegate to men.  This woman is industrious and prosperous however with wisdom and not to the neglect of her current duties.  So this proves that women can do other things besides being a homemaker, cook and such because when they operate in Godly wisdom, the time they save allows them to do things without causing detriment to their most crucial roles and responsibilities to their husband and children.  We will pick this up tomorrow but I encourage women and men, fathers and mothers especially to put a fresh set of eyes on this chapter.  There is treasure to be mined there.

All the “blessed” to you!  Shalom!!!


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