Wife, Mummy, Nurse: Learning From Superwoman Sermon {Proverbs 31-Iain Duiguid}

23 October 2011

Learning From Superwoman Sermon {Proverbs 31-Iain Duiguid}

Since my daughter was born, I have missed hearing sermons on Sabbath MANY times.  So, during the week, I try to listen to at least 1-2 sermons/week.  I recently heard Iain Duguid preach a sermon on Proverbs 31 (preached on 8/21/2011).  It was excellent.  Here are a few notes I took while listening to it:
  1. What is the ideal woman?
    1. She's BUSY.  This goes against today's standard, but she "does not eat the bread of idleness" (v. 27b).  The ideal woman is not busy because she has to, rather she's busy because it's good to be busy.
    2. She's FAMILY ORIENTED.  All of her business does not separate her from her family.  Her husband and children rise and call her blessed.
    3. She is GODLY.  She cultivates inner beauty.  The only words in this chapter re. beauty are, "Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised." (v. 30)
  2. Who needs to hear this?
    1. Our children and grandchildren.  It was an oracle that King Lemuel's mother taught him (v. 1),  We need to be modeling the ideal woman for our children; we need to illustrate a different role model than Barbie.  We need to teach to our sons the importance of finding a wife that is busy.  Encourage our sons and daughters that they need to be thinking in Biblical terms for a spouse.
    2. It's for singles too.  It may cause you to rethink radically what you are looking for in a spouse.  Men, don't just look at the outward appearance, see beyond the superficial.  Women, strive to be like this woman.  A single woman can still be a Proverbs 31 woman; as a Christian, you have a heavenly husband, and He welcomes you into His family on earth, the church.  Christ is our husband.  Those who are singles are free to serve others to the glory of Jesus Christ.
  3. Who can live up to this standard?  
    1. NO ONE!!  There is no wife who can fulfill this, and there is no husband who deserves a wife like this.  We are not saved by our own perfection, rather we are saved by Christ's perfection in our place.  No one measures up, but the good news of the gospel is that Jesus loves us and died for us.  God has provided us the righteousness we need to come before Him.  Jesus Christ clothes us in His perfection so that I can rest secure in His love.