Friday, December 10, 2010

Daily Light - December 10, 2010

Daily Light from the Lighthouse

"Who can find a faithful man?"
Proverbs 20:6
"Who can find a virtuous woman?"
Proverbs 31:10

At this time of the year we seem to be all looking for something. Some are out in the malls looking for that perfect gift for the person that is hard to buy for. Others are looking for those much needed days off that await them during the holiday season. There are still others that are searching for the peace and good will that was promised to us at the birth of Christ. There is most definitely a never ending search for something.
I believe according to the Scriptures that God is searching for some particular things as well. He is not searching for any thing of external value as we are. God is looking for those things that would please Him and bring Him glory. The book of Proverbs seems to clue us in to the objects of God's pursuit. The particular phrase "who can find" is found twice in this book. In both instances it seems that there is a search for that which is pleasing to the Father.
First, there is the question of finding a "faithful man". The entirety of the passage shows us that most men will tell you that they are good and faithful, but God is not searching our words. He is looking into the deeper things of the heart. God does not listen to what we say and cannot be fooled by what we do, because He knows what is in the heart of each and every man. He knows if our religion is just an act or if we are truly surrendered to Him. God is searching for those who will be faithful in their devotion to His cause. There is no need for a servant that will only serve when he feels like it. God needs children that will be faithful to Him in the good times and the bad. Faithfulness is the great call of God for His children. He does not need us to accomplish great things; He can do that through us. He simply needs those who will live consistent lives for His purpose and His glory.
Second, God is searching for a "virtuous woman". There has been much said about this tremendous passage of Scripture. How many Mother's Day messages have had this as their text and rightly so? It is an illustration of what God desires for a Godly lady. We must look beyond the external, however, to get to the heart of why this woman is virtuous. Is she virtuous because her husband trusts her, because she provides food for her family, because she makes her children clothing, or because she is a hard worker? The reason that she does all of these virtuous things is because of the virtue that is in her heart. Verse 30 tells us that this woman fears the Lord. This reverence of the Almighty is what God is looking for. He can give her the wisdom, knowledge, and skill to do all of the things that she needs to do as a woman, wife, and mother. What God is searching for is a woman whose heart is right with Him and that gives Him all of the glory!
God is searching, but can He find what is looking for in you?
May you be the answer to God's search today!

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