Proverbs 31:10-31 (17 & 30) and Proverbs 9:10
For his Mother’s Day sermon, Pastor Steve delivered one of the timeliest messages ever, since it related Proverbs 31 to an incident that had happened the night before. His second-youngest daughter suffered an epileptic seizure as they returned from a wedding in Parkersburg.
“Sophie was frothing at the mouth,” he said. “We stopped the cars (he and Jennifer drove separately) and I saw something in Jen that screamed Proverbs 31 to me. She does things in the home and the marketplace. Proverbs 31 teaches what (a wife) is doing: She takes care of the home, her business, her kids and is intelligent. That’s not a picture of a barefoot and pregnant woman.”
This kind of strength is something only God can give, Steve said. He recalled pulling up beside his wife’s car and how she had pulled Sophia to her as she prayed. It wasn’t a wild, panicked prayer or a cry to an unknown source, but calling to Jesus: “Help Sophia now!”
He said it was beautiful to see in the midst of a terrifying experience; Jen started to worship because she’s a mother who knows the source of her strength rests in God. It was her chance to choose whether she believes in God and knows He is her source of strength, or panic and show that she believes she’s on her own. This reaction was particularly significant because their daughter could hear everything that was going on.
“The first thing Sophia said was, ‘I’m sorry,’” Steve said. “Then she looked at Jen and said, ‘God protected me.’ Sophie knew and knows well that God is with (her). Jen is passing on the strength she knows is in God. The lessons we pass on (our) children is how they see us react to things in faith.”
Referring to verse 30, “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised,” Steve said it’s this verse should be the norm. To the women, he said trying so hard to be charming and physically beautiful means they have bought the “bill of goods” sold by the world. Every culture does the same, emphasizing women should do certain things and look a certain way.
“It’s poison to your soul,” he said. “I want to shake you and say, ‘The world is lying to you.’ It goes away when you look at verse 30 and say, ‘I believe this more than what the world is telling me.’ They try to make women feel inferior. You are never going to win. My pastoral counsel is make verse 30 something you never forget. There’s nothing in there about hair color, how you look or whether you kid an organic diet. If you fear God and feed ‘em Twinkies, you’re better than the woman who doesn’t.”
What he saw last night from his wife, and all mothers who fight for their kids’ well-being, proves that fearing God is the most intelligent and graceful thing a woman can do. Be a woman who cares more about God than what you look like and let God define your identity, Steve said.