Paul's Passing Thoughts

Godly Wives Make The Man

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on December 9, 2011

Greetings from Bowling Green, Ohio. I am here doing some work for a small business I own.  At one time, it was a much larger business. As I was sitting down to repost an article I wrote several months ago, I was thinking about that and said to myself, “Maybe I will build the business back up again.” The reasons I have not done that aside, suffice to say that only yesterday I was telling my wife Susan how insane that would be. As I sat down to do the repost here in my hotel room, I caught myself and asked what would invoke such an insane thought. Then I answered, “My wife, with a good wife, a man can do anything he wants to.” So, the post for this morning has changed.

And of course, I will be sharing some thoughts from Proverbs 31 before I must go. Verses 10 and 11 agree with my introduction:

An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain.

Frankly, I am very concerned with the advertisement many Reformed churches put forth these days to wives concerning their husbands: “Bring him here, we will shape him up or ship him out.” I observed a Facebook post the other day where Mark Driscol was putting forth that same attitude, even referring to husbands as hopeless idiots totally incapable of loving their wives. The Proverbs wife has no such thoughts of her husband and would stand up and walk out of the sanctuary during such a message:

She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.

She is an encourager, not a discourager, and prompts the husband to believe crazy things and crazy dreams because she is at his side. “With her at my side, I can do anything. She is for me, not against me.”

I have another concern with Mark Driscol’s post. He seemed to indicate that it is the sole responsibility of the husband to provide for the family monetarily. In fact, if you believe everything Driscol says in his message which outlines the supposed “biblical” responsibilities of the husband, the husband would only have time to work, tithe, and say amen to everything thrown in the road in front of him (which may be the point). Proverbs 31:13-19 contradicts that notion to the max. The Proverbs 31 wife enables the husband to strike a balance.

And she’s not an enabler. Many famous/heretical leaders of our day have good wives who mindlessly drink their husband’s Koolaid. No, the Proverbs 31 wife has her own wisdom and is her husband’s best counselor, bar none, except the Holy Spirit:

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

She is a wise teacher, though in kindness she does so.

Well, wish I had time to say more, but I must go. Let me further my point with verse 23:

Her husband is known in the gates when he sits among the elders of the land.

And no husband does so at the gate of Dignity and Truth without a Proverbs 31 wife.

paul

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