Proverbs 31: King James Bible
Outstretched Hands – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter thirty one, Verse 20
20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Outstretched Hands
Here is another trait incorporated into the nature of the virtuous woman, who is being described throughout the majority of this chapter. This is the Lord’s definition of a virtuous woman, and is good for all women to glean from.
That being said, it isn’t a good thing for the guys to be found without the majority of the traits demonstrated through these verses. Also, keep in mind of the spiritual side of these scriptures, which is the Lord’s intended nature of the Church at large.
The Woman of Virtue
We’ve talked about her diligence toward her family and properties. We’ve observed the richness of her ways while tending to the needs of not just her family, but those of her servants as well. Now in the verse above, we get a glimpse of an outward expression of charity.
Reaching Out to the Poor
Above, we see another side to this magnificent woman. One of charity, kindness, and meekness.
There’s more going on here than having money and giving some of it to those in need. Yes, the expressions above do represent giving, but certainly is not limited to that category.
There’s no showing of recoil as it relates to interaction with the poor, just the opposite.Meekness is a heart condition that the Lord favors. This is one of those traits that when openly expressed, is an active weapon against pride.
I’ve said it a time or two in the past…
The perfect example of meekness, is the Lord God Almighty – Creator of Heaven and earth and all which is in-between, taking the time to remove himself from his throne of glory, and rolling around in the dirt in order to play with his children.
The Meekness of Jesus
In a sense, he did so in the person of Christ Jesus. I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of a greater expression of meekness than those performed by Jesus, from birth to resurrection.
Perhaps the strongest act of meekness was allowing his love and obedience to the will of the Lord. These kept him on task while in agony on the cross.
Rather than having enough of the torment, and doing what you or I would do… Get off the cross, kick gluteus maximus and take names. If he did so then, where would you and I be today? He had to stay on that cross – Meekness at work.
Extending Her Hands
The virtuous woman is outwardly expressing an act of meekness by outstretched hands toward the poor and needy. She’s not placing herself above anyone, or “giving down” to anybody.
Have you ever seen that? Someone pridefully giving, making the needy person feel ashamed for being needy, and receiving what was given?
Honestly, this is a great example of what Jesus described as being a whitewashed tomb. Giving the appearance of Godliness yet inside are full of dead men’s bones.
Self-righteousness kicks in when true righteousness is wanting.
Meekness is a powerful display of righteousness when coming straight from the condition of the heart. That, along side charity and good will, is what’s being displayed by the outstretched hands of the woman of virtue.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 5: King James Bible
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Matthew 11: King James Bible
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Galatians 5: King James Bible
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
Galatians 6: King James Bible
1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
Ephesians 4: King James Bible
4 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Colossians 3: King James Bible
12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
Thank you for your Word, and for leading us through it by your Spirit. Help us to do the things you say to do, and change our hearts to be pleasing in your sight. Change us from the inside out concerning meekness, charity, love of the brethren, obedience to you and your Word, and our overall day to day actions. May the contents of our hearts be purified, and those of you magnified. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
When coming across the poor and the needy, do you do so with outstretched hands?
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