A Good Thing

Day 18 of 31 Days of Wisdom

If I had to guess the top three verses quoted in the book of Proverbs, I’d probably say all three are found in this chapter. The first would be verse 10 which says, “the name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run into it and they are safe”. The second would be verse 18: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they that love it will eat its fruit”. And the very last one is verse 21 which says, “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord”.

Fellas, I’d like you to focus on verse 21. God has some good news for you: you can expect His favor on your life when you receive your wife.

I’ve come to realize that a lot of guys are reluctant to propose to the woman they love because of so many uncertainties. “Will I be able to care for her?” or “Am I ready to handle the responsibilities of being a husband? Do I have enough money to support a home, pay for a wedding, or even raise a family?” These are some of the questions that may run through a guy’s mind and if he doesn’t feel confident, chances are he won’t propose.

But if you are with someone you believe God has given you, please understand that He has added something along with that gift. It’s called favor. He understands the responsibilities better than you do. He knows everything that will be on your plate. He sees the pressures you might feel. So He committed Himself to favoring you. Here’s the challenge though: in order for that favor to manifest, we must first embrace her as our wife. God isn’t obligated to give you favor for the wife you haven’t acknowledged. So again, what’s holding you back? If you know she’s a good woman, a woman that loves the Lord and loves and cares for you, it could be time for you to advance your relationship with her. If He has blessed you with her, He will bless you for her.

When I proposed to my wife of nearly ten years (whoa, time flies!) I wasn’t making the amount of money that I thought I would need. I didn’t have “enough” saved in the bank. She was fresh out of college and I was working an administrative position at a real estate company. But I knew it was the time to do it! So I saved some money, bought a ring, embraced her as my wife from my heart, and then the favor of God began to flow like never before. Not only were we able to pay for the things we needed for our wedding but we have never been in need for anything since the day we got married!

God will not only favor you with material things, but He will favor you with knowledge, wisdom, and understanding on how to enjoy married life and be the best husband you can be. If you know someone who may be hesitant to move their relationship forward because of fear of lack, please remind them that with the wife comes favor for life!

Love,

Ernst

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