A Next Level Daughter
Proverbs 31:29 Many daughters have done virtuously, But thou excellest them all.
This verse is from the very popular passage in Proverbs 31 which is a description of the virtuous woman. Her dedication to her Lord and faithfulness to her family is a wonderful ideal for every Christian lady. The God inspired author of this passage taught that though there were many good daughters who had done commendable things, this woman was on another level.
Well, today is a special day, it is my little girl’s birthday so I would like to give a personal testimony and talk about my daughter and then share an observation about the Proverbs 31 woman.
A Personal Note – My baby girl!
I know that many dads have great little girls, but I am very partial and proud of mine. I can honestly say from my perspective, “Many daughters have done virtuously, but my Lizzy excelleth them all”
I will never forget the day when she arrived, the doctor asked if I wanted to hold her, I was so afraid that I would drop that fragile treasure that I said, “let me sit down first”. They put her in my arms and with tears in my eyes I said, “I haven’t been this happy since the Braves won the World series.” It is a good thing God gave me Liz cause them Braves have been letting me down!
As I looked at that precious gift of God, I promised that I would do anything I could to ensure her safety and help promote her happiness. My little girl has had her daddy wrapped around her finger from that day I first held her, and I am certain that will never change. Like all my children, she could never run and hide from my love. I am proud of her, her beauty, her talent, her little family and especially her love and service to her Savior. I can’t imagine better. Many daughters have done virtuously, but in my eyes, mine exceeds them all.
Proverbs 31 is a very popular passage for Mother’s Day sermons and Christian woman conferences. This is the passage to which you turn if you want to know how to be a woman of God but there is one part they often don’t mention when they teach from this passage, the beginning.
Proverbs 31:1 The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.
This passage was said to be the words of “king Lemuel” that he had learned from his mother. I imagine that old Lemuel had been taught what a Godly woman looked like from her lips as well as her life. I believe that children learn more from example than they do from mere instruction, don’t you?
Who was Lemuel?
Ancient tradition says that “Lemuel” was another name for king Solomon. That makes sense considering that so many of the proverbs come from his pen. If that is true, and I am fairly certain that it is, then that means Solomon learned this from his mother, Bathsheba. In case you don’t remember, she was the one that had committed adultery with David. Some say she was a victim and had no choice in the affair with a king, others say that she was a willing participant in the affair but either way, Bathsheba got past her past.
Isn’t that a wonderful picture of God’s grace?
Despite her past, God enabled her to grow and show her son what a virtuous woman looks like!
If you have some stains in your past and have not lived up to the ideal, God has not finished with you yet!
Let God share his virtue and transform you into a next level daughter or son of the KING!