This coming Sunday will be mother’s day. I can truly say I have been blessed with the women in my life. My mother who is with the Lord, my wife of almost 55 years, my three daughters and two daughters-in-law and nine granddaughters, who I trust will become godly women like their mothers and grandmothers. So here are TEN Traits that make a Wise Woman.
1. She fears the Lord. The Bible is pretty direct in letting her know that this is the place to begin her quest for wisdom. In Proverbs 1:7 we read, "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
2. She is teachable. In Proverbs 8:33 we read "Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.” In Proverbs 9:9 we read, “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.” Whether learning from God's Word in her personal study or from pastors or Bible teachers or fellow Christians, a wise woman absorbs Biblical knowledge and applies it to her life.
3. She controls her mouth. Talk less, we read in Proverbs 10:19. "In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.” She also wants her speech to be profitable and for her words to build up and encourage others. In Proverbs 15:2 we read, "The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness."
4. She plans ahead. Proverbs 10:5 we read, "He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame." Several verses in Proverbs 31 describe the virtuous woman as one who is organized and prepared.
5. She is careful in her choice of friends. "He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed." (Proverbs 13:20)
6. She fears the pull of sin and stays away from it. In Proverbs 14:16 we read, "A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident." She wants to recognize her weaknesses and keep herself out of situations that might provide temptation.
7. She seeks the counsel of other wise people. When she doesn't know how to handle a certain situation, she seeks the Lord in prayer, and then as appropriate, seeks advice from those she knows who are wise. In Proverbs 1:5 we read, "A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels." In Proverbs 12:15 we read, "The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise."
8. She guides her heart. In Proverbs 23:19 we read, "Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way." A wise woman guards her affections. She monitors her activities so that she has time for the things of the Lord and is not focused on things of the world. It is wise for women to set guidelines to keep worldliness from slipping into her own personal life or home.
9. She considers her latter end. In Deuteronomy 32:29 we read, "O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end." This passage is talking about the children of Israel, but I think it can certainly apply to women. She needs to examine the many choices she makes – whether small, daily decisions or bigger, potentially life-changing ones – and consider how will they impact her future here and in eternity.
10. She knows that all that happens in her life is in God's hands. In Ecclesiastes 9:1 we read, "For all this I considered in my heart even to declare all this, that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, are in the hand of God:" From Solomon, the wisest man that ever lived, comes this reminder that every event in her life is under God's control.
May the Holy Spirit help women to grow in wisdom!
In His Amazing Grace,
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