We become whatever we are committed to. Nothing shapes our lives more than the commitments we choose to make.
My commitment: I am committed to living my life in the similitude or the women found in Proverbs 31
While studying the book of Proverbs I came to chapter 31 and verse 21 which reads:
“She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for they are clothed with scarlet”
This verse stood out for me and I wanted to understand why God would use snow as a symbolism of something that the proverbs women would fear.
So I began by looking to see where else I could find out about ‘snow’ in God’s word. I turned to Isaiah 55:10 which reads:
“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven and returns not thither, but waters the earth and makes it bring forth bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater.
So now I know that, one the Proverbs women is not afraid of the snow and two, that the snow comes from heaven.
Aha! Could this be why she is not afraid?
Could it be that she is not afraid because she is prepared? The arrival of the snow is a natural order in her life. She understands that it is from heaven. She knows that it is for an intended purpose, and is therefore not afraid but expectant. The snow, if not prepared, can cause devastation, but for the Proverbs women sees it is a means to an end.
The intended purpose of the snow, as stated in Isaiah 55:10, is to water the earth and to bring forth bud, seed and bread. So the snow produces the water to water the earth. Then the earth produces the bud and then the bud produces the seed. And finally the seed can then be harvested as grain for bread. The purpose of seed is to sow and 1 Corinthians 9:10 says that God is the one that gives seed:
“Now he that ministereth seed to the sower, both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness.”
Not only does God provide her with seed to sow but gives her bread. Might this be the food that she brings from afar in Proverbs 31:14 or the very same bread that Proverbs 31:15, says she rises to prepare for her household while it is still night? Could it be the same bread that gives her the strength found in Proverbs 31:17?
The women in these verses understands that God ordains the process of her life and provides for her. She understands that He prepares for every part of her life. The bread of heaven is the bread that she eats and not the bread of idleness found in Proverbs 31:27.
Finally Isaiah 55:11 says:
“For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:”
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
Just as God sends for the snow from heaven He also sends forth his word. Each has an intended purpose and the purpose is one that I will prepare for and not fear. I will expect it, because I have faith in the purpose for which He sent it and that purpose is for my good. I will prepare so that His word does not return to Him void but accomplishes in me that which He pleases.