By Oke Chinwetalu
Read: PROVERBS 31:10–31
“that our daughters may be as pillars, sculptured in palace style” (Psalm 144:12).
A pillar is a tall vertical structure of stone, wood, or iron, used as a support for a building. Without a pillar, a building will crumble. We started noticing cracks in the walls of our home about a year and a half after we moved in. The cracks increasingly got worse; we knew we had to do something. We called in a structural engineer who discovered a massive structural defect. The master bedroom upstairs was sitting on the parlour downstairs, without any supporting pillar and it was giving way under the weight. We had to move out of our home so everything in the affected areas could be removed. When the wardrobe was removed, the walls behind had almost split in two. The defect was rectified by erecting two big pillars in the parlour to carry the weight of the room upstairs.
“The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands” (Proverbs 14:1). As a woman, you are a support structure in your home, community, or wherever you find yourself. And not just any kind of pillar; sculptured in palace style, standing out, beautifully adorned. Today’s reading portrays a woman who is a pillar in her home and community. She is a manufacturer, seamstress, importer, realtor, employer, manager, and philanthropist. She is focused on the welfare of her husband, children, staff, and community. She eschews laziness and idleness. Surprisingly, nothing is mentioned about the physical appearance of this woman.
The value of something is not in its beauty but its usefulness. A vessel can be beautiful but completely useless, unable to hold down anything. Your worth is neither determined by your appearance nor the value of your car possessions, but by how useful you are to God and those around you. As gold is purified by passing it through fire, the challenges of life are designed to refine you. You are designed to be a polished pillar in your home, standing firm through the challenges and storms of life and emerging stronger. Are you appropriately positioned as a pillar in your home or, is your home in danger of crumbling?
IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Dcns Oke Chinye, Founder, The Rock Teaching Ministry (TRTM)
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