Those of you who read the Bible know that there are 31 chapters in the book of Proverbs. Yet recently I was introduced to Proverbs 32. I would like to recommend this book entitled God on Sex by Daniel Akin. I can’t wait to read it over again. That is most definitely the trait of a great book. Proverbs 32 is recorded in this book.
The Husband of Noble Character
A husband of noble character who can find? He is worth more than winning the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes.
His wife has full confidence in him and lacks nothing of importance. He brings her good, not harm, all the days of her life. He works hard to provide for his family. Getting up early he helps get the kids ready for school, then dashes off to work.
With his shoulder to the grindstone, he works with energy and vigor, as one who is working for the Lord. And while busy he always finds time to call his wife during the day just to say, “I love you.” He promptly comes home from work and immediately pitches in with the chores, helping the children with their homework, or with making dinner. While hot dogs and baked beans are his specialty, he doesn’t fear heating up a TV dinner or even making a meat loaf. He does this with such ease that all are amazed and in awe.
When his wife prepares a meal, he always eats with gusto and, when finished never forgets to smile and tell her how great it was. Of course, he is always the first to volunteer to do the dishes or at least to volunteer the children to complete the task!
All in all he is a joy to have in the kitchen.
As a father there is no equal on the face of the earth. No matter how exhausted from work or other responsibilities, he always takes time for his children. Whether it is making funny faces at the baby, tickling the small child , wrestling or playing with an older child or making pained and disbelieving expressions at his teenager, he is always there for them. He is a whiz at math, science, spelling, geography, Spanish and any other subject his children are studying at school. And if he should be totally ignorant of the subject at hand, he skillfully hides his ignorance by sending the children to mother.
He can fix any problem from a scraped knee to loose bicycle chains, from interpreting rules for a kickball game to refereeing sparing matches between his kids. More importantly, he is also the spiritual leader in the family. He always takes the family to church. He shows his children by life and example, what it means to love the Lord Jesus and be a Christian.
( I like that part. )
He teaches his children how to pray and the importance of knowing and loving God. He often rises early to pray for his wife and children, and he reads from his Bible at night before falling off to sleep. He disciplines his children with loving firmness, never yelling or with humiliating words. He is always more interested in teaching a lesson and building character than simply punishing.
During the day he meditates on God’s Word and on how to live it. He shows Christ in all his dealings with others and is considered a valuable employee by his bosses. His co-workers respect his hard work, his integrity, and his kindness.
He always shows his wife the utmost respect, even opening the door for her. He is always quick with a word of encouragement and is constantly telling her how beautiful she is, even when she isn’t wearing any makeup. A day seldom passes that he doesn’t tell her of his love for her. Praise for her is always on his lips. Anniversaries and birthdays are never forgotten, and gifts and flowers are often given “just because.” And he even makes superhuman efforts to be nice when her family is visiting.
He is full of compassion for the pain of others and willingly helps those in need. Whether it is changing a stranger’s flat tire, helping with a friend’s home improvement project, or feeding the poor at the local soup kitchen, he is the first to volunteer. He is not afraid to shed a tear with a friend in pain or to be rowdy in laughter at another’s good joke.
He loves life and lives it with passion.
His children, while not always calling him “blessed”, have no doubts about his great love for them. His wife also calls him many things, among them, “the best,” and she thanks God for him. Many men do many great things, but he surpasses them all.
Flattery is deceptive and good looks, like hair, are fleeting; but a man who fear the Lord is to be praised. Give him the reward he has earned, and let his deeds bring him praise.
Michael M. Jones
Louisville Kentucky 1996
Although there are cultural disparities and the cynical may roll their eyes, this passage from Proverbs 32 gives the men a standard to keep. Just the same for Proverbs 31. It is not about perfection. It is about living a purposeful life which is pleasing to God.
As you all know, this year of 2015 marks achievement and accomplishment. Still a work in progress but God is continuing the work that he begun in me. On Sunday, I will be celebrating my 31st birthday and I have a tall order to live up to. My proposal is to live according to the principles of Proverbs 31. Why you join me in living an abundant life in the love of God?