Proverbs 31 Preparedness

I got a comment a few days ago from a non-Xangan ((and I’m *only* quoting because this person is as good as anonymous, and I don’t feel like I’m singling someone out that you can visit or contact or something)), and she said, “I have faith that God will provide for my family in any time of need. Being so pre-occupied with survival techniques must be stealing joy in your life…is it not?”

Since then, I’ve been given (literally) dozens of verses about how – while God supplies our needs – He expects and commands us to be actively involved with the bringing about of that salvation – whether from illness, catastrophe, etc.  Naaman dipping seven times in the Jordan, the bridesmaids with the oil (versus the ones who were locked out of the party because they weren’t prepared), the ants toiling to prepare for the winter, the widow bringing ‘not a few jars’ from anywhere she could scrounge them… think of what sorry situation the Jews would’ve been in if they hadn’t done their part in rubbing Lamb’s blood on their doorposts, and claimed, “I’m good – God’ll take care of me – I don’t have to do anything.”  It’s contradictory to more scripture than I can quote at you, and all of these passages and verses have been soaring past me like the opening narrative of the Star Wars movies.

But mostly, I’ve been wanting to look at the Proverbs 31 woman lately.  First I wanted to look at her because of the gifts of the Spirit (I wanted to see if her ‘deeds’ match up with the ‘gifts’ and show her to be godly in a way I never connected before.  And that will be my next blog on Proverbs 31.  ((What is that now, 30 posts about her from me?))  But more pressing than that…

… yesterday someone asked me what I would tell women whose husbands don’t believe in preparedness (or emergency planning/storage).  I… couldn’t IMAGINE someone’s spouse telling them, “no, you can’t set aside food in the garage, extra duct tape and rope and water in case of emergency.”  How stOOpid is that?!  I mean, hello – even if a thunderstorm knocks out your power for a few hours, having bottles of water allows you to flush your TOILET, for pity’s sake!!  It’s illogical *not* to have at least SOMETHING in case you have a power outage or something!  And frankly, I can’t imagine a woman asking PERMISSION to be a good wife.  “Hey, honey?  Is it okay if I do some things in order to take care of our family?”  I… can’t… think like that.  And maybe I’m just not understanding the different scenarios possible or something, but… do you ask your husbands if you can cook supper?  Buy groceries?  Vacuum?  Maybe I live more independantly than other women or something, because I consider these things part of my groove, and I don’t ask if I’m allowed to do my groove.  I also consider emergency planning and storage to be part of my groove.  Apparently God feels the same… because look at Proverbs 31, God’s ideal woman, valued above rubies:

Who can find a virtuous woman?
for her price is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her,
so that he shall have no need of spoil.

She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
She seeketh wool, and flax, ((NoTe: supplies))
and worketh willingly with her hands.
She is like the merchants’ ships;
she bringeth her food from afar.
She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household,
((NoTe:provides for her own)) and a portion to her maidens.
She considereth a field, and buyeth it:  ((NoTe:  planning))
with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
((NoTe:  Home-based sustenance.))
She girdeth her loins with strength,  ((NoTe:  able to protect))
and strengtheneth her arms.
She perceiveth that her merchandise is good:
her candle goeth not out by night.
((NoTe: she’s got stocked supplies.))
She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
((NoTe: She’s learned to do basic homestead skills))
She stretcheth out her hand to the poor;
yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
((NoTe: Could be from knowing how to heal to having surplus?))
She is not afraid of the snow for her household:
((NoTe:  Emergency situations are prepared for.))
for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
She maketh herself coverings of tapestry;
her clothing is silk and purple.
Her husband is known in the gates,
when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
((NoTe:  He isn’t shown as helping her with any of this.))
She maketh fine linen, and selleth it;
and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
((NoTe:  Prepared in order to barter…?))
Strength and honor are her clothing;
and she shall rejoice in time to come.
((NoTe:  This just SHOWS that she’s ready for the future!))
She openeth her mouth with wisdom;
and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
((NoTe:  SHARING how to prepare, do these things))
She looketh well to the ways of her household,
((NoTe:  Makes sure she’s got ALL AREAS covered.))
and eateth not the bread of idleness.
((NoTe:  “God will provide, so I’m good…“))
Her children arise up, and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praiseth her.
((NoTe:  How will they feel when trouble hits about you?))
Many daughters have done virtuously,
((NoTe:  Chrischun ‘submissive’ wives are abundant))
but thou excellest them all.

Give her of the fruit of her hands;
and let her own works praise he
r in the gates.

I was a little concerned that there would be an outcry of “Anna’s SACRILIGIOUS!!  She’s telling women to go against their husband’s wishes and secret away supplies and stock up behind their spouse’s back!”  But frankly, what would you do if your husband told you not to read your Bible anymore?  Not to ever pray again?  That he doesn’t believe in church and you’re not to associate with people of faith – online, in church/Bible study or otherwise?  Because basically, it’s the same thing.  If a spouse is telling you to disobey the Lord and be something other than God has stated that He wants you to be… you’re putting your husband above your Savior, and THAT’S sacriligious.  So in posting this, I wanted to show not only that it’s BIBLICAL to prepare, but it’s a HUGE part of what God has called women to do, and the core of what a virtuous woman actually is.

Now, please don’t get me wrong – I’m not telling women to go up to their husbands and say, “I’m going to start setting aside emergency rations whether you like it or not, Bub!”.  That’s just going to piss him off, and confronting him with his disobedience isn’t the way to change a person’s mind about it.  It just incites fury.  If you told your son that comes home with cornrows that you’re gonna shave his head while he’s sleeping if he doesn’t take ’em out, that’s just going to piss your son off.  There are ways to handle things.  And if I’m right, the Bible says something about winning a husband to God’s will “without a word”… isn’t there?   What I’m saying is that we are NOT under any obligation to disobey the commands of God for the sake of our husbands… but that that we’re to be quietly obedient and let our deeds speak on our behalf, when God brings them to light.  I just wanted to clarify… because I know there are not-so-bright women out there who need to be explained to BEFORE they bring hell down on themselves.

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