Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, August 14th, 2016
Proverbs For Performers (Part 97)
Women Of Virtue: Their Help
She also rises while it is yet night,

And provides food for her household,

And a portion for her maidservants.

She extends her hand to the poor,

Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.

She opens her mouth with wisdom,

And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
Proverbs 31:15,20,26 (NKJV)*
Women of virtue are ready to help. Even more, they look for people to help, as did the Proverbs 31 wife. From her lauded work and lovely clothing, from her husband's placement with the elders, this power couple was an ideal match: people of status who knew how to lead.

But all too often, movers and shakers are nothing more than fakers and takers: counting their assets and planning for more. In focusing on the gods of this world, they miss the true God and His great concern: helping, healing and tending to the poor.

Growing up, I saw my mom demonstrate two principles of godly leadership:

1) Privilege brings responsibility. The French use a phrase called, 'noblesse oblige,' meaning true leaders are obliged to help: to be kind, just, upright and generous to those who bear a harder existence. 'For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required' (Luke 12:48).

2) Advantages, like looks, brains, position or wealth, bring more responsibility. Those who are blessed with visible assets should make the first move to others with less. 'When you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed' (Luke 14:13-14).

Actors, models and talent for Christ: You're all over this call-out to help. You're not just reaching out to the world, but you're reaching your brethren in Christ. Your outreach helps those poor in purpose (who've been robbed by the world's profiteers), and kin poor in the courage of Christ (who've been scared by self-seeking shepherds).

To Be Continued...

* Proverbs 31:10-31:

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs for Performers series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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