Clothe your family in scarlet. Brrr! It has been bitter cold here in North Central Missouri. Much of the US has had frigid temperatures, snow and ice this winter. Proverbs 31:21 tells us that the virtuous woman is not afraid of cold weather. She has prepared her house (and its occupants) for the cold. If we have a fireplace, we have wood ready. We buy rock salt and shovels to clear the walkways. We make sure that there are pairs of gloves and that scarves and hats are in good condition. (In my house, we have a tendency to lose gloves. I am always checking for pairs and buying more!) We cook warm and hearty meals, like soups and stews,this time of year. We prepare physically for the winter, but do we prepare spiritually?
Proverbs 31 not only addresses preparing our home and family for the cold weather, but it also has a spiritual application. The term “clothed with scarlet” refers to the scarlet wool used by Moses in the Old Testament. It represents the blood that Jesus shed for the cleansing of sins for all mankind. Therefore, when we are “clothed in scarlet”, we are covered by the blood of Jesus; we have been saved by His dying on the cross for our sins.
The virtuous woman prepared for a spiritual winter by seeing that her family is clothed in scarlet – that they are saved by faith. In this way,they will not fear any cold or dark time of trial. God will see us through it.
How to clothe your family in scarlet:
Start a new habit with your family this week to better clothe them in scarlet. Here are some ideas:
*If you don’t already, pray before each meal, as a family
*Do a family devotional
There are great free resources including:
* Pray with your children (and spouse) at bed time
* Let your family hear you talking to God, praying and/or reading the Bible
* Make a blessings jar – have each family member write down something they are thankful to God for (daily, weekly, whatever works for you) and then put it in the jar. Periodically review all of God’s blessings in your life.
* Make God a regular topic of your conversations
Questions to Ponder:
1. How has the weather been in your area this winter?
2. How does the cold weather (and winter) affect your mood?
3. What have you done or continue to do to prepare for winter and cold weather?
4. What do you do to clothe your family in scarlet and nurture their faith?
5. Do you feel that you do all you can to clothe your family in scarlet and nurture their faith?
6. What could you do to better to nurture your family’s faith in Jesus?
7. What other verses or quotes come to mind when studying Proverbs 31?
How do you clothe your family in scarlet? What can you do, this week, to build your family’s faith?
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Because of Him,
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