THE PRUDENT WIFE
"Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all"
We continue our understanding on how to be a prudent wife from last week.
6. A Wise Wife
The prudent wife behaves wisely.
1 Samuel 18:30 tells us that "David behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Saul; so that his name was much set by." Because of his prudence and wisdom, David's name was highly esteemed everywhere. The prudent wife also establishes a good name in the community, and even the nation. Proverbs 31:31 says, "Give her of the fruit of her hands: and let her own works praise her in the gates."
David confessed, "I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way... I will walk within my house with a perfect heart" (Psalm 101:2). Wisdom starts in the home before anywhere else.
Solomon confessed in Proverbs 10:19, "In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise." The ESV translation says, "When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whosever restrains his lips is prudent." The prudent wife guards her mouth. She is not constantly blabbing, but chooses when to speak and what to say.
Daniel wrote in Daniel 12:3, "And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever." The margin of my Bible and the Amplified version translate "wise" for "teachers." I believe that God has given mothers an inherit ability to teach. We begin teaching our children from the time they are born. We have an innate desire to teach our children in order for them to learn, and we do it naturally. We have the privilege of being "wisdom teachers" to our children and everyone around us. And in doing so, we shine like the brightness of the sky above. Because mothers are teaching all day long God sees them shining for Him. Does that make you happy?
Also read these Scriptures that translate sakal as wise: Job 22:2; Proverbs 1:3; 10:5; 15:24; 16:20; Daniel 12:10c and Amos 5:13.
7. A Prosperous Wife
The prudent wife makes everything in her home to prosper.
As a helpmeet to her husband, she cares for him, prepares healthy meals for him, prays for him, inspires him, builds him up, loves him, and encourages him daily. A husband who is encouraged will ultimately prosper as a husband, father, a man of God, and in all that he does.
As a mighty mother, she teaches, trains, and prepares her children to prosper. Of course, she knows that their greatest success is not the success of the world, but to walk in the destiny God has planned for them, to be strong in the Lord, to know how to stand against the wiles of the devil, to hate evil and love righteousness, and to walk in integrity and honesty. She knows her greatest task is to fill her children with God's Word as this is their secret to success.
Joshua 1:8 says, "This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shall have good success."
As a diligent manager of the home, she is frugal, she plants a garden, she doesn't waste her husband's hard-earned money, she looks well to the needs of her home, and prepares for the future. Consequently her home prospers.
Ultimately, she knows that the secret of her success is in knowing God and walking in obedience to His Word and His ways. Deuteronomy 29:9 says, "Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, that ye may prosper in all that ye do." (1 Kings 2:3)
May you have a prosperous day.
Love from Nancy Campbell
"Dear Father, I want to be a prudent wife. Please help me to be diligent in making my home to prosper, for the blessing of my husband, my children, and ultimately the world. Save me from being slovenly and foolish in all matters of the home. Amen"
I am no longer a half-hearted, but a whole-hearted wife and mother.