One of the finest attributes of my beautiful wife is her ability to draw me back. Not into the world, for we do not live for the world, not to this present age, for we seek for a kingdom built by the Lord, but from what I can best call the battlefield.
I am a man of many frustrations, of deep and abiding righteous anger towards the works-based cults of the world, towards the wicker who despise the name of my Savior, and to a peace that rarely encapsulates my life that she draws me back to.
“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.” (Prov. 31:10)
Every woman of the Living God is to strive to be a Proverbs 31 woman, and every woman will tell you that it is an impossibility. Personally, I see that goal as one that no man can never fully reach, not just because they are not women, because love for the Lord abides in the heart of all men of God, but I believe, and I pray you do not misunderstand this statement, to the man of God obedience comes first.
We are as privates standing before a general with four decades of military service, trusting that he has our best interest in mind. Where He leads, we will follow, in love yes, but mainly because He has commanded us to.
There is a different form of humility in service when orders are willingly followed. “Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:” (Col. 3:22) It is one of the best analogies I can offer at this time, willing slaves not who obey just out of love, but because it is the right, proper and honorable thing to do.
It is not our honor we seek though; it is the Lord Jesus Christ’s.
I read a book long ago whose title and storyline I cannot recall, but I do remember one line, spoken by the angels of the Almighty as they prepared to go to war against Spiritual darkness. “For the glory of God! And for the Lamb!” That is the best I can describe how I am at this present time, willing to suffer the temptations, the frustrations and that righteous anger, as long as the Lord is glorified, and the name of the Lord Jesus Christ is lifted up.
And my lovely wife brings me back from the battle, sometimes most unwillingly, at least at first, on my part.
“And Uriah said unto David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the open fields; shall I then go into mine house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? as thou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing.” (2nd Sam. 11:11) I honestly believe that Uriah was being used by the Lord as a hint, if you will, and David totally missed it.
If you have been blessed by the Almighty with a Proverbs thirty-one woman, then you are more blessed than most men out there who serve the Living God. She is more than a helpmeet, she is more than the one you will be blessed and honored to spend eternity with, she is you and you are her. “And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.” (Mark 10:8)
In all honestly my friends, I have much difficulty living with myself, and I do not understand how she does. That is the love I speak of, and it far surpasses any other love you will experience on this planet, it is second only to her love for the Lord Jesus Christ.
I am honored to be second place in this regard.
The only true love story you will ever read starts in the Book of Genesis and finishes with the Book of Revelation, and the main character, the main object of that love is the Lord Jesus Christ.
I am living a love story, I pray that you and your wife are also.