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By Will Mitchell
July 3, 2020

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Proverbs 30:1-31:31

Chapter 30 of Proverbs starts and explains exactly how I feel at the present time: weary, lacking understanding and searching for wisdom. I often ask the same questions that come through these versus: Who is it that is in heaven? Who set the limits of the waters and the heights of the mountains? Who are you Lord, and Who is your son? I too am often amazed by the things I see in nature and confused by the things I see in humanity. Sometimes in my questioning, rather than asking God to fill the voids of my questions, I seek answers from sources that I cannot trust – TV, radio and the internet to name a few.

Then the chapter closes with a warning that foolish behavior and self aggrandizement will basically leave you humiliated. I‘ve read this chapter a bunch of times, prayed over it, meditated on it and I still feel like “a brute of a man” (NIV), or even better from the ESV “ a stupid man.” And while I don't completely understand, I think what the Word is teaching me through this is that wisdom and understanding of God will be delivered slowly and gently through the work of the Spirit and may participation in prayer and humility. We are to keep bowing, keep asking and keep holding only Him in high esteem. His wisdom will be given to us as we continually ask for it.

In contrast to the brutish man in chapter 30, chapter 31 gives a description of your basic do-nothing-woman who sits around the house watching soap operas and eating bon-bons. Just kidding. The description of a “Proverbs 31” woman from King Lemuel’s mom is a tall order for all women. A tall order kinda like “be perfect, like your Father in heaven is perfect.” Now, me being “a stupid man,” I am not about to go off and tell any of you of the fairer sex how you stack up to this woman of God. But I will tell you, the best thing that ever happened to me was marrying one. I know our church is full of great, godly women and we men as a group of “brutes” ought to spend most of our time in prayer thanking God that we don’t have to figure out this life without their help. Amen brothers? Amen.

To memorize:

Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy.

— Proverbs 31:9

Prayer to start with: Thank you Lord for your infinite wisdom. Guide us with your word as we navigate life. Help us to become more godly, noble and humble. Amen.