Ladies. 27. Out of 31. Hooray to you if you’ve been fighting the good fight for wisdom through Proverbs! If you’re just jumping in today – hooray to you too! We are thrilled to read God’s word with you.
First. Can we just point out the obvious? Kacia, Raechel, and I have been dividing up these days (if you haven’t noticed) and I’m pretty sure this is the third time I’ve gotten a chapter that compares a yucky wife to something super annoying.
Vs 15 – A continual dripping on a rainy day and a quarrelsome wife are alike….
I hear you Lord, ok? I hear you. :)
Let’s deal with the really good well-known gem in here, want to?
Proverbs 27:17 says “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.”
What a biblical principle to rejoice over, even when it hurts.
Sometimes there might be a temptation for me as an introvert to imagine a life with just Christ. Where I pray and live and breath and function and He corrects me and I repent and I just get continually closer to Him. And then I die, and go to heaven. Sure I’d miss out on tucking my precious, rambunctious, sinful kids into bed after they’ve run me ragged all day and I wouldn’t know the comfort of a forgiving hug from my husband when I’ve been ugly to him and he’s embracing me anyhow. I wouldn’t know the peace that comes after reconciling with a friend. I’d never experience the deep joy as I look around the family table at thanksgiving dinner and see something far from a perfect family – but people covered in the blood of Jesus.
BUT it would just be me and Jesus. And sharp wouldn’t feel so sharp.
Aren’t we glad that His ways are higher than ours? That He wrote our lives much like He lives His eternal one. In community. Sure, His is perfect and flawless – Father, Son, & Holy Spirit perfectly coinciding and working together and our community is less perfect and more sharpening. But oh goodness, I am grateful for His ways.
Are there any ways you’re running or hiding from being sharpened? Could we be hiding our sin with the hopes that we’ll be seen as what we’re not? Could we be holding the people we love to a standard they just can’t attain rather than entering into a sharpening relationship with them – filled with grace and patience?
Sharpening doesn’t sound fun and it doesn’t sound painless.
But oh THANK YOU Father for not leaving us dull. Thank you for letting us experience community in a shadow of a glimpse of the way you do. Thanks for letting us sharpen one another.