Proverbs 31: King James Bible
Can God Trust You? – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter thirty one, Verses 11-12
11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. 12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Can God Trust You?
Here are the first couple of verses describing the Virtuous Woman. As stated in the last devotion called “The Virtuous Woman,” there is a surface level of interpretation, as well as a spiritual level.
Above we read of the husband’s trust well placed in this woman. Secure, unspoiled, and safe.
Trust in a marriage is a huge bead of weld that can hold marriages together through the most difficult of times. But even the toughest of metals can’t stick together if the weld gets cracked. It doesn’t take much at all to break it into two separate pieces at that point.
Without trust nobody’s happy, at least not for long. The virtuous woman in this chapter has proven herself to her husband at some point, that he’s got nothing to worry about in that department for the rest of his days.
The spiritual interpretation brings us together as saints to be as the Bride of Christ, and Jesus Being the Bridegroom. The Lord’s hope for the church is to be as the virtuous woman, and not the strange woman.
Power of Trust
Can God trust you? Can he trust any of us in the same manner that the husband does with his wife above? Would he be confident that we’d do him good and not evil all the days of our lives? You know the answer to that… It’s probably the same as mine.
Anyone who’s not had the experience of growing up alone on a desert island out in the middle of the sea, should have some scope of what it means to trust in someone else. Trust is key to any form of relationship, whether it be: Business, friends, family, or just loved ones in general.
Have you ever noticed that we handle things differently when someone has violated our trust, depending on the manner of the relationship? If one of our kids violate our trust, we expect it due to them being kids and not yet having shed their childish ways.
When one of the kids break our trust, it doesn’t throw the entire family into a tailspin that might wind up shattering the lives of all involved. But a spouse violating that trust is a whole world of pain in comparison to all other forms.
He Trusts the Virtuous Woman
The fact that her husband trusts her with all his heart should tell us a bit about this her.
- She knows the difference between right and wrong
- She chooses right over wrong doing
- She must have proven her heart to him in the past
- She must be honest to have accomplished such trust
- She hasn’t been caught even giving the appearance of having eyes for anyone else
- She says what she does and does what she says (How could he place this level of trust if this were not the case?)
- She tends to his good rather than tending to herself only
What we shouldn’t extract is that she’s perfect. Nor is this saying that she doesn’t make mistakes.
The Lord Trusts what He Sees
The Father has a great advantage over us (Thanks for the info Mr. State the Obvious!) in a particular regard. We can only judge the heart of our loved ones by the senses we’ve got to work with, like what we see others do or hear what they say, etc..
The Lord however, peers straight into our hearts to know whether we’re for him, against him, obedient, or otherwise. That’s why outward appearances are meaningless to the Father if it’s just a painted empty shell. He’s looking for what’s on the inside.
Jesus isn’t looking to receive a drop dead gorgeous, yet empty and hollow bride to receive unto himself. That is why individually, he wants to perfect our hearts first, and allow those changes at heart to influence the optics. The other way around just won’t work.
The beauty of the Church begins at the heart. The Lord will place trust is a heart that he finds beautiful, upright, and virtuous.
Related New Testament Scripture
2 Corinthians 1: King James Bible
9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: 10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us; 11 Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.
2 Corinthians 3: King James Bible
3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.
4 And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: 5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; 6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
Ephesians 1: King James Bible
12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
Ephesians 5: King James Bible
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
Thank you for your Word and for this talk concerning our heart toward you. If there are any of us who are called by your name, and have a heart that doesn’t please you, forgive us Lord, and lead us into what it takes to change our hearts to be as trustworthy as possible in your eyes. If we can’t, please intervene, but if it’s on us, teach us what to do through your Spirit, your Word, and your will. These things we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
As a wife are you standing in the spiritual gap for your husband to have him wash you in the water of the word? If not why not?
As a husband are you the spiritual leader of your household by washing your wife in the water of the word? If not why not?
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 18 P. 254 – A Good Thing
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- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 12 P.129 – Rottenness to the Bones
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 31 P. 495 – A Virtuous Woman
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 31 P. 500 – Outstretched Hands