May 21, 2009

A Wife’s Blessing

Written by Boyd Bailey

A Wife’s Blessing… “He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.” Proverbs 18:22

Why is a wife good for a man? How does she bless him? She is good for her husband because she compliments and completes him. She is the beauty and he is the beast. She is finesse and he is forceful. She is mercy and he is the protector. She is elegant and he is earthy. She works on her hands and he works with his hands. A wife brings life and love to the longings of the one she loves. She is good for a man because this is God’s plan.

A good wife is a righteous remedy for aloneness. The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him (Genesis 2:18)”. A man needs help because by himself he lacks the discernment to make the wisest decisions. Alone he can do ok, but with the right wife he is elevated to excellence. She facilitates faithfulness to God. She prays for her husband’s full potential to be realized and enjoyed.

A man finds the right wife through prayer and patience. He waits on the Lord to lead him to a woman of character, whose life is attractive, because she loves Jesus Christ more than her future husband. She is not overly needy, as she is loved by her Heavenly Father in a wholesome and healthy way. Since she is full of grace, she is able to give grace. Like a hidden jewel, a wise man will cherish and value this quality of woman as his wife.

Similar to Jesus’ story, “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field” (Matthew 13:44). Praise the Lord when you find the right wife. She is a gift from God to be honored and served. How can I show gratitude to my wife? Do I thank God for her daily, and pray for her to feel loved by me? “In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered” (1 Peter 3:7, NLT).

Related Readings: Genesis 24:44-67; Psalm 128:3; Luke 1:30; 1 Corinthians 7:2

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