Proverbs 31. Virtue. Valor. Strength. Might. Courage. Bravery in battle.
Them’s fightin’ words. Which begs another question: What are we battling for? And whom are we battling? Where is our strength, might and power to be focused? This passage describes a wife who is righteous, moral, worthy, courageous, upright and of noble character. But…. what else?
Does God want his Daughters of Eve to battle, fight, exhibit bravery, valor, and might so we can attain the lofty goal of becoming… “nice”? (Nothing wrong with that, but… what else?)
Look at it another way. If we’re not neck-deep in battle, then what need of valor? If there’s no threat, then we do we need courage?
Take it a step further. Why do we need a seasoned Commander if we’re not in the midst of a war? If we’re not prone to getting lost, why do we need a Guide? Sheep who can fend for themselves, protect themselves from predators and find their own grazing grounds – what do they need with a Shepherd? What do we need with Valor if there’s no menace, no stalking evil, no imminent threat?
We have an enemy, the thief who comes to “steal, kill and destroy” (see John 10:10) and he’s neither impotent nor moot.
There’s a great line from the second movie in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Two Towers. King Theodin of Rohan does not want to commit his troops to battle or engage the invading armies of Sauron, the epitome of evil. “I would not risk open war,” says the waffling king. Aragorn the warrior sagely replies, “Open war is upon you, whether you’d risk it or not.”
The New Testament (Amplified) puts it like this: “Be well-balanced – temperate, sober-minded; be vigilant and cautious at all times, for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour. Withstand him; be firm in faith [against his onset], – rooted, established, strong, immovable and determined – knowing that the same [identical] sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood [the whole body of Christians] throughout the world.” – I Peter 5:8-9
For more, see Ephesians 6:10-18 and www.walkingwithgod.net
By Kristine, professional mom, blogger, author, homeschooler, humorist, and chief wrangler at the ‘ole “testosterone farm.”
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