Faith, God, Proverbs 31 Woman

Faith and Feet

April 16, 2013

It’s funny as I read today’s passage because I find it very hard to see much of anything beyond the literal interpretation of the text. I’m also not one of those deep thinkers who sees and views things in ways that no one else ever would. I’m quite literal, and whats worse, quite matter of fact. So this passage had me stumped for quite some time. However, after looking over it again and again, I found that the Lord was trying to show me something between the lines, instead of what is directly there.

“21 She fears not the snow for her family, for all her household are doubly clothed in scarlet.22 She makes for herself coverlets, cushions, and rugs of tapestry. Her clothing is of linen, pure and fine, and of purple [such as that of which the clothing of the priests and the hallowed cloths of the temple were made].23 Her husband is known in the [city’s] gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.24 She makes fine linen garments and leads others to buy them; she delivers to the merchants girdles [or sashes that free one up for service].”

So like I said, it just seems like a lot of talk about the nice things she sews and her husband is really popular around town. But indulge me for a second and look in between what the text is saying. We know that this woman, she is a worshipper who has rooted her heart and life into who the Father has named her to be. She is someone who has given her future over to the hands of the one who gave her life, and she trusts in him completely. This alone is something that I don’t find easy..faith. Faith to say that when things don’t seem good, that God has something better. Faith that when something doesn’t go my way or I don’t understand that I know God is in control and so I shouldn’t worry or fear. This kind of faith, it’s active. And this is the kind of faith this woman is displaying in these verses.

In verses 21-22, the author is describing her preparedness for the future by her making of garments. She knows snow may come and her household could be in danger from the cold. She doesn’t panic nor does she sit idly by and wait for the snow to come before she reacts. She prepares. She makes garments to keep her household warm and coverings for her beds and furnishings to keep them protected as well.

Her faith says, “God, I know you may send the cold. You may send a storm of frost and snow. Instead of fearing these things, I will trust in your faithfulness and prepare my home for these things, knowing you will use it to take care of those who dwell with me.”

Have you ever known someone like this? Someone who does things, things that seem crazy and unorthodox only because their faith is so big that we can’t comprehend it? This is who this woman is. Historically, it never really snowed in the area where this author lived. Blistering cold, let alone snow, was quite rare. But yet this woman sees fit to ready and prepare herself for whatever…even the inconceivable out of an act of faith and obedience to her creator. As a result, it has allowed her husband (vs 23) to maintain a respected reputation in the city because he is known not only as a godly man himself, but a godly man with a fearless and faith-filled wife.

I can say in truth, that I do trust God…at about 50-75% given the situation. I know He’s in control; I know He does all things for our good; and I know His plans are better than mine. But unlike this lady, I never really act it out. My faith is played out by my words only, so when storm blows in, I either freeze, or grab ahold of my ship and take over the wheel. My faith is not active, it is fearful and doubt-filled and passive.

Matthew 17:20 says “For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

A mustard seed is technically one of the smallest seeds there is. Jesus is telling the people here that all they need is the most minute piece of genuine faith, and with that, they can move a mountain! How amazing is that? And how crazy to think that I/we may not even possess that much.

I want to be a woman who puts feet to her faith. I want to know God so well and trust him so deeply that I have tempered my heart to rest in Him during the rough times, even if the rough time never ends up coming. I want to prepare my heart for all things God has for me, big or small, all the while knowing He has the control. I want my faith to be so bold, so sturdy that those who are closest to me are respected more for knowing me. Don’t you?

The reassuring thing is that regardless of our lack or overflow of faith, God is still with us and for us. Our ability to be active in our faith does not place a limitation on how much God loves us or blesses us. And yet, if we are women who have their worth and identity in Him, I hope that we would each desire to lay a foundation of faith that can move mountains for His glory. That out of our love for Him and what He has done, we would compel ourselves to respond in active obedience and trust, even at the risk of looking a bit nutty.

Oh Lord, may we seek today to be women who trust in you with all our hearts. And may we seek to display our faith by being active participants with you in our lives and futures, while still allowing you to be in control. We thank you that our faith does not affect your love and grace for us, and we ask that you would enable us to have the kind of faith that does miraculous things in your name. Amen. 

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  • JP April 16, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    This read just came at the perfect time. I’m sitting here, with tears in my eyes, because one small thing didn’t go the way I thought it would, wanted to, and prayed it should have. Then, that small little thing made me re-think my whole life and how it hasn’t turned out the way I thought it would, wanted to, and prayed it should have. But, this just reminded me that I need to have more faith in my God. I lice for Him and nothing else, and I need to have faith that He is in control. I love your prayer at the end, I prayed it and it’s exactly what I wanted.

  • purpleandblueswirls April 16, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Thank you, Heather. It is hard to trust in God, especially when it makes one look foolish. we just need to remember that we are called to be foolishness to the world, and that God’s plans matter more.

  • Erin April 16, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Thank you so much for writing this! I had literally just been writing in my journal about faith and then I read this! Even at my lowest, I can know that God is doing something in me through whatever amount of faith I have!

  • Nancyyy_21 April 16, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    I read this early in the morning after having prayed for my brother so that his interview would go well (also taking place this morning). After I finished reading, I thought to myself, ” how can I put my faith into action?” I felt confident that God would have control of the situation and that He would answer my prayers. I quickly grabbed some paper and markers and I decided to make my brother a ‘Congratulations’ card. I usually make stuff like that look nice, but I didn’t have the time to make it extravagant because I was caught up in the busy morning of a typical college student. Anyways, I made the card. I wrote a quick message about how happy I was that he (my brother) had gotten hired and how amazing and wonderful God is… I had never taken a leap of faith that way. I’ve never believed something so strongly that I’ve gone ahead and acted as if it had already been accomplished. I’m at work and my dad just called me to let me know that my brother got the job. Amazing, isn’t it? Something so small, like a not-too-pretty Congratulations card, really made a difference because I attached to it the assurance that God was going to take control of the situation in its entirety. So, thank you. I got linked to this website through Jeff Owen, via Twitter. You’re doing something amazing. God bless.

  • Cynthia April 16, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Thank you It truly is a struggle at times and I am so glad to know I am not alone in this struggle. The amount of faith is something we never talk about openly but I am so glad that I also have good and bad days where my faith is sometimes bigger or smaller.
    It’s amazing how this just spoke to me and no matter what people say or do, I have faith that my Father will deliver me and give me the desires of my heart. I have to believe and I believe.
    Thank you for the blessings for everyone on this blog and please help us to trust in you when we can’t see the future for You alone know our future we trust in You. Amen.

  • hisgloryforme April 17, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Sorry I meant to say I am grateful that I am not alone in my struggle with the amount of faith we have.

  • Connie Almony (@ConnieAlmony) April 17, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    So love your transparency on this blog. Helps me relate to a Big God as the small child I truly am! Yes, faith has to look crazy to those looking from the outside. It’s those people who acted in ways contrary to the World who helped me to see God is true to His Word even when He doesn’t seem to make sense. The more I’ve acted on faith, the more I see deeper into who He is. And He’s good!