The Beauty of One Flesh

And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh;

She shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”

Therefore, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife,

and they shall become one flesh.

And they were both naked the man and his wife,

and were not ashamed.

Genesis 2:23-25

 

Discovering Truth:

Today we will return to God’s creation of the man and the woman. You will recall that the man was created by the hand of God from the dust of the ground. You will also recall that God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and then God took a rib and formed the woman from the rib and brought her to the man.  We now see Adam’s delight as he exclaims that the woman is bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh.  He then names her, giving her an identification: She shall be called Woman because she was taken out of Man.

It is again important to note that God never intended the man and the woman to function as two separate individuals.  From their very creation to the naming of the woman, we can see they were intended to be one.  But let us continue in the Scriptures to further understand this truth.  Clear instruction is now given that a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.  Again, we see there was no intent in the creation of the man and the woman for them to function as two distinct individuals.  There were to be joined into one flesh.

There are two simultaneous steps taken as two people get married.  First, they must leave. The word leave means: to loosen, to relinquish, to depart from, to forsake. They must leave their individual families as their primary relationships.  Secondly, they must cleave – be joined one to another.  The word joined actually means: to stick to, to cling to, to adhere to, to stay close to.

And as Adam and his wife were joined into one flesh, we find that they were naked and were not ashamed.  There we find the beautiful culmination of God’s creation of the man and the woman.  Together they were one flesh, not ashamed, and in perfect harmony! What a beautiful picture! And remember, as God looked at His creation, He declared it to be very good.  His perfect design was complete! All designed according to His great wisdom!

But there is so much truth to be found in this passage that I wonder if we could ever reach the depths and heights of it all. In Matthew 19 and Mark 10, we find the Pharisees coming to Jesus to ask a controversial question, hoping to divide the followers of Jesus.  They ask Him about divorce.  Rather than answer their question directly, He brings them back to the truth found in the Creation.  He answers them by saying: Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning made them male and female? And He said: For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.  So then, they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let not man separate.

From Jesus’ words we can see several important truths.  First, the truths found in Genesis 2 regarding the man and the woman apply to every married couple.  Jesus makes that application here as He goes back and quotes God’s intentions from the Creation. He establishes that each of those truths are still true today.  Next, notice what He says: What God has joinedWhat God has joined! When a man and woman are joined in marriage, it is God that joins. That is why He can declare with authority: What God has joined, let not man separate! God intends a marriage to be permanent, for He is the One who has joined a husband and wife, and not we ourselves!

We will look at the one flesh union again in our next writing, but for now, let us continue to think upon the truths set before us – God designed a husband and wife to leave their individual families and be joined by Him into one flesh. No longer two, but one!

 

Personal Reflection:

As of this writing, my husband and I have been married almost 40 years. We had a church wedding, and these verses were read at our wedding, as they may have been at yours.  But I had absolutely no idea of the truth of these verses.  David and I entered our marriage as two individuals, and quite honestly, we continued in our marriage as two individuals.  Certainly, there was the physical, intimate oneness, and even a friendship, but our lives were still very independent of one another.  He had his ways; I had mine. He had his job; I had mine.  He had his schedule; I had mine.  I suppose you can understand why I said we were still two individuals. It actually never entered my mind that God intended us to function as one.  And I wouldn’t have even known where to begin. I’m sure my beginning would have been to get him to come over to my ways. But God had much higher, bigger, and better plans than I could ever have had.

He began to teach me about one flesh, bone of his bones, flesh of his flesh, and spiritual truth I had never known in my life.  The journey continues … 40 years of marriage … still learning to be one flesh with my husband … all to the glory of God!

There are no quick fixes, nor easy answers, but we will talk more about that next time!

 

So, Until Next Time:

Spend time thinking on these truths from the Word of God:

          Bone of my bones

          Flesh of my flesh

          The name Woman

          The importance of leaving father and mother

          The importance of cleaving to your spouse

          The necessity of becoming one flesh

          Naked and not ashamed

          What God has joined together

Lots of truth to meditate on and pray through!

Every wise woman – seeks God’s wisdom for her life!

 

So then, they are no longer two, but one flesh.

Matthew 19:6

 

A special note written with much love:  If you are struggling in your marriage or find yourself as a divorcee, please don’t leave truth.  We are just beginning this journey, and God has wonderful answers in His Word that only He can open up to you.  Don’t give up!  Keep seeking Him! He has a perfect plan for your life, and He is faithful to His children! 

 

 

 

God’s Creation – The Woman

Discovering Truth:

And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him … And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found a help meet for him.  And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he slept: and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made He a woman, and brought her unto the man.

Genesis 2:18-22 (KJV)

Let us return to our consideration of God’s Creation.  We have learned that God created the heavens and the earth in His wisdom and His mighty power, and we observed that as He created day by day, He declared that His masterful creation was good.  Now for the first time in the Word of God, God declares that something is not good.  It is not good that the man should be alone.

Immediately, upon that declaration, God announced His solution to this situation.  There was no animal found that was the proper help for Adam, so God created the perfect help for him, designed especially for him.

We observe that Adam did not go to God asking for the woman. God Himself declared that it was not good for the man to be alone.  Then God Himself caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and God Himself took the rib and formed it into a woman.

What an amazing God!  Woman is not the plan of the man, nor of the woman.  Woman was not designed by the man, nor by the woman.  Woman was designed exclusively by God, and exclusively for His purpose. He was making another human being to be with Adam. But what exactly was God doing in the creation of a woman? And why did He choose to create her from the rib of the man?

God could have formed another human from the dust of the ground, as He had formed Adam.  He could have formed them simultaneously had He chosen to.  But He didn’t!  He chose to create the man first, and He chose to create the woman from his rib. Why are these truths significant?

Do you recall that we made note of the fact that God created the man from the dust of the ground?  He then made the garden, brought the man to the garden, and placed him there to serve Him.  He made him from the very substance where He intended him to serve.  Remember? Now, God makes the woman from the side of the man and brings her to the man. He seems to follow the same pattern.  He makes her from the very substance – the side of man – which designates where she will serve. And just as He brought Adam to the garden and placed him there, God now brings the woman to the man and gives her to him.  This will be her place of service – alongside the man as a God-ordained help for him.  Can you see those parallels?

We can see the pattern, but does the question arise in your mind as to exactly what is the meaning of a help? If we take the time to see how this Hebrew word is used elsewhere in the Scriptures, we find that it is most often used of God Himself being our Help!  It is a very strong help, not a weak, demeaning word at all! And the word meet is most often translated as: before, in front of, in the presence of, in the sight of, corresponding to.

So, let us put all our observations together.  What was God doing as He created the woman?  In the simplest of words, He was creating another person to be with Adam in the garden, a person to serve with him, alongside him, a person to be a help and companion to him in the work that God had already designed the man to do.

But let us not forget that God created the man first.  In God’s perfect creative order, that was significant.  The man was intended to lead. And let us not forget that the woman was made from the man.  They were not intended to be two separate humans.  They were designed to function as one flesh.  And that will be the topic of our next writing. But for now, let us pray that God would give us understanding into His intentions and purpose for the woman. She truly was a special and beautiful creation!

 

Personal Reflection:

I can recall so many things! I recall when the Lord opened my eyes (and heart) to these truths.  I remember being broken and humbled before the Lord when I saw that I had missed these truths and God’s purpose for my life.  Not only was it not good for man to be alone.  Very specifically, it was not good for David to be alone.  And not only did God create a help for Adam, as David’s wife, I now understood that God had created me to be a help to David.  This was a turning point in my life.

Depending on God’s grace and His Spirit, I basically had to reorder my life.  I found that I had to seek Him because He would have to show me how to be a help to David.  Every wife has her own husband.  There are no carbon copies.  We must each learn how to be a wife/help to our own husband! And it will take God to show the individual path. But, be sure, He only leads on the path of truth!

I also recall another big step for me.  Sometimes God puts a question in my mind, in order that He may answer that very question.  The question that came to mind as I studied these truths was: Is there any other noun in the Scriptures that God used to name the wife besides help or wife or woman?  I would have to search the Scriptures to find the answer.  What I found was in Malachi 2:14. Here God called the wife the man’s companion.  Immediately, my mind returned to the Genesis passage.  I recalled that “aloneness” was the thing that was not good for the man.  Therefore, God had given him a companion.  That was a very important word for me to understand.  I now viewed myself as David’s wife, his help and his companion.  Why was that so important to me?  Being a companion focuses on the relationship, not just the work!   What my husband really needed was a helpful companion!  Oh, I could see, I had so much to learn!

But this one thing I knew.  I would begin to view myself as a help and companion to David – as a helpful companion to him!  By the way, in Genesis 1:31, when God finished all His Creation, Scripture tells us: God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good.

 I was truly learning that God’s design for the woman was never a negative, nor inferior thing.  Both the man and the woman were His perfect creation, perfectly designed to fulfill His purposes for them. God’s way is very good. He declared it to be so!

 

So, Until the Next Time:

Take the truths of the Word of God back to Him in prayer.

Ask Him to give you understanding.

Ask Him how these truths apply to your life.

If you are married, ask the Lord to give you a new view of your relationship to your husband.  (We all need our minds renewed daily.)

If you are not married (God definitely calls some to a single life), ask God to show you how these truths apply to you, and also how you can encourage married women around you in the truth of God.

Trust the Lord!

 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He shall direct your paths.

Proverbs 3: 5-6

 

God’s Creation – The Man

Discovering Truth:

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being,  And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He Had formed.

Genesis 2:7-8

Then the Lord God took the man and put Him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.

Genesis 2:15

We are reminded that God, in His wisdom, created the Earth and all things in it.  God spoke, and it stood forth.  Yet, we find here that God is forming this man very personally and individually.  He reaches down to the dust of the ground, and there He forms the first man.  His creation of the man was personal and individual, and according to His perfect design.  He forms the man first, for His own plan and purpose.  And then, God breathes into him and makes him alive!

God, in His wisdom, also creates a work for the man to do.  He plants the garden and takes the man to the garden for it is there where he is to serve the Lord.  He is given the job to tend and keep the garden. Our word tend is most often translated: to serve, and our word keep carries the meaning: to guard, to preserve, to protect.

Lastly, God commands the man regarding the garden, the trees of the garden, and fruit of those trees.

From these verses, what truths can we glean about God’s perfect design for the man?  It is interesting to note that the man was formed from the very substance where he was to serve God.  It was not up to man to find where he was to serve His Creator.  God Himself took the man and placed him there. Creator God, in His rightful authority, commanded the man.  Allowing great freedom and pure enjoyment of the garden, God gave the man one command of restriction, and with that single restriction, there was a stern warning given. Also, in God’s perfect design, He had created the man first, designating him as the one who would lead (1 Timothy 2:13).

God had made the man, designed to perfection, equipped with the strength, ability, and discernment to both tend and keep the garden.  Man was meant to serve and guard, and through that work, to provide, protect, and lead.  The man began his work by naming the animals over which God had given him dominion.

Perfect God, perfect Creation, perfect man, perfect fellowship with God, and perfect service in the calling where God had placed him, tending and keeping, according to God’s perfect plan.

 

Personal Reflection:

I sometimes lie in the bed at night, snuggled close to my husband.  He will be facing away from me (usually snoring!), and as I snuggle close, he has no idea of my thoughts regarding him and the prayers that I offer up to the Lord for him.  It brings sweetness to my heart and soul!  But sad to say, it has not always been that way.  I did not understand my husband as a man.

Everything about my husband was different from me. He didn’t think like me.  He didn’t act like me.  He didn’t react like me, and he certainly didn’t handle things like me.  How often I wondered what was wrong with this man.  In much frustration, I set about to change him!  But what I didn’t realize was that God had made him a MAN, and he acted like a man!

Then one day, the Lord brought a book across my path that described the differences between the male and the female, and the differences between God-given personalities and temperaments.  A very clear picture of the difference between my husband and myself came in to focus.  But the most important thing that I saw was that we were different by God’s design. God had made my husband a man, and He didn’t intend for my husband to be like me! As I came to this understanding, the Lord spoke to by heart saying, “Let David be David!”  And from the heart, I surrendered to that truth, and oh my, how things began to change in our marriage!

That was only one step in the many that would follow, but it sure was a major one.  I will never be a man, nor think like a man, nor act like a man, but the Lord has given me the understanding that He intends the man to be different from the woman, and very specifically, He intends my husband to be different from me!  So now, I snuggle close and honestly appreciate and am thankful for the qualities that I once strongly resented and complained about.  And as I snuggle close and thank the Lord for my husband, I also pray for him to fully be the man that the Lord designed him to be, fully walking in all that the Lord has for him to do!

 

So, Until Next Time:

Spend time meditating on the uniqueness of God’s creation of the man.

Ask God to help you put away negative thoughts, complaints, or belittling thoughts of men.

If you are married, carry these truths to prayer regarding your husband.

Let your husband be the man that God has created him to be.  (Hint: You cannot be God in his life.)

Through prayer, align your thoughts with truth!

Don’t give up! Continue in prayer until God changes YOU!

Every wise woman – will learn to respect God’s creation of the man!

 

For My thoughts are not your thoughts,

Nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth,

So are My ways higher than your ways,

And My thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8-9

In the Beginning God Created

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 1:1

 

Discovering Truth:

 Every wise woman … Why do we return to Genesis in our study of the wise woman?  There are some very important reasons.  Genesis gives us the foundational truth that God is the Creator.  Some people do not think that it matters whether we believe that God is the Creator or not. The truth, however, is that it is of the utmost importance.  Before revealing anything else about Himself, God revealed that He is the Creator.

That one fact determines that He designed the Creation as He determined, in all His wisdom.  He made things to work together according to His plan.  It also gives Him the right of authority over His Creation.  He alone was worthy to rule and reign over His Creation.  But He chose to make mankind in His own image and give him dominion over His Creation.

Take time to read Genesis Chapter 1.  As we read Genesis 1, we see the Almighty God at work. He speaks, and His work is done.  Day after day, He speaks, and His work is done. What a Mighty God!

We also discover His evaluation of His Creation. Day by day, He declares that His Creation is good.

Why must we know these truths? As we begin our study of the wise woman, we must discover God’s wisdom – not the world’s wisdom and not our own wisdom.  God alone was the Creator, and He created it all according to His wisdom.  We will soon find how, in that wisdom, He formed the man and the woman, and it is there where we will first get a glimpse into His wise intentions for the man and the woman. May the eyes of our understanding be opened!

 

Personal Reflection:

It was about twenty-five years ago as I sat at my small kitchen table, with red pencil in hand and papers spread out across the table.  I had some questions that continually reeled through my mind.  I knew that through prayer and study of God’s Word, the answers could be found.

I could recall the time that I had questioned who Jesus really was, and it was in the Bible that I had found the answers.  I could recall the time that I was plagued with questions and doubts, when I uttered the simple prayer, “Lord, increase my faith!” and The Lord brought a new Bible study into the church that I attended.  I could remember how, through that study, I was forever changed by the Word of God.

So here I sat with scattered piles of papers.  This occasion was before the days when everyone had a home computer, so I had asked a friend, who did have a computer, to do me a favor – to print out the major passages of Scripture that were written directly to women or specifically about women and send them to me.  And here they were.  I knew that if I could lay the Scriptures side by side and compare scripture with scripture, The Lord could answer my questions.

I had learned, in my Christian life, that you could find multitudes of books about multitudes of topics, and you could listen to many different opinions and voices, but you would not find a consistency and continuity among them. So, for me, the solution had become to put aside those things and just see what the Bible says.

And now, with verses before me and a prayer for The Lord to show me truth, I started my search.  With my red pencil, I would mark similar words, similar thoughts, and similar passages.  The search continued for quite some time.  What I discovered was amazing! There was really no confusion at all!  The Scripture was amazingly consistent!  Growing up in the days of “women’s lib”, the world had successfully clouded and confused the issues regarding women.  But sitting here at my kitchen table, there was no confusion.  No confusion at all, just a calm sense of rejoicing over truth!

The first important truth that I discovered was to begin at the beginning.  As Jesus taught about marriage in Matthew 19 and in Mark 10, He referred His listeners back to the beginning – all the way back to the Creation account in Genesis.

Then as the Apostle Paul taught in the book of 1 Corinthians 11 about the man and the woman, he referred those saints back to the beginning – all the way back to the Creation account in Genesis.

Next, in the wonderful exposition on marriage in Ephesians 5, the Apostle Paul again takes us back to the beginning – all the way back to the Creation account in Genesis.

And again, as the Apostle Paul writes to young Timothy in 1 Timothy 2 regarding order in the church, here the same truth is found. He takes Timothy back to the beginning – all the way back to the Creation account in Genesis.

I could see the problem clearly.  As women, we often begin with our selves, our situations or circumstances, and our feelings and emotions.  But the place that I would have to begin was at the beginning.  That is where the word of God began, and that is where the writers of the New Testament returned to explain and expound truths about marriage and about women. That is where I, too, would begin – at the beginning.

Another exciting discovery that I made was that these truths regarding marriage were true at Creation – and that before the Fall.  That meant this was God’s perfect design!  I felt a freedom, as a woman, that I had never felt before – a freedom to be what God intended me to be!

I bowed my head and thanked The Lord. I picked up my papers and put them in my manila envelope.  Time to put them away – for today, anyway. Time to cook supper.  But this one thing I was sure of, I would be returning to this little stack of papers. And I would begin at the beginning – with a study of the Creation account in Genesis!  I knew marvelous and freeing truth would be found there!  And I couldn’t wait!

That truly was my starting point in understanding God’s design for a woman, and very specifically for me. I pray that you, too, will be blessed as we embark upon this journey together!

 

So, Until the Next Time:

Give thought and time in prayer regarding God as the Creator.

Give thought and time in prayer praising Him for His marvelous works and great wisdom.

Ask Him to reveal ways that these truths should affect your life.

 

You are worthy, O Lord,

To receive glory and honor and power;

For You created all things,

And by Your will they exist and were created.

Revelation 4:11

 

 

 

In the Beginning God …

Discovering Truth:

Our topic is wisdom – becoming a wise woman.

Where shall we begin?

Let’s begin where God Himself begins – in His Word. In the beginning God …  Genesis 1:1. God was there … in the beginning … before anything or anyone was created.  There He was!  In all His glory, His majesty, His power, His wisdom, and His goodness.  There He was! That is really a greater truth than our minds can grasp, but there He was!

By His own goodness and power and by His own determined will and design, He moved upon the face of the earth. And that is where wisdom on this earth began.

Listen to Proverbs 3:19: The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; By understanding He established the heavens.  God’s wisdom was there. His wisdom is still here, and His wisdom will exist throughout eternity.

So, for us, mere created beings, we can never know wisdom apart from the Creator.  There is no true wisdom apart from Him, and there is no true goodness apart from Him.

To become a wise woman, we must begin with Him.  Our tendency will be to begin with ourselves, our thoughts, our desires, our own lives, and maybe even our upbringing, but those will all fail us.  We must begin with God Himself. God has chosen to reveal Himself and His wisdom through His Word.

And did you know that we have both the written word (the Bible) and the Living Word (Jesus Christ)?  Speaking of Jesus, John explains: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  John 1:1-2

You may be wondering when are we going to talk about being a wise woman.  We will get there, but we can never get there without the proper foundation.  We must build these truths upon truth alone.  We must begin in the beginning – with God Himself and with His Word.

In the beginning … God! Thanking You, Father, that all these centuries later, you are still here!

 

Personal Reflection:

I’ll have to be honest.  After becoming a Christian, I had doubts that would arise in my mind.  I shared with you previously how the Lord had to renew my mind through the study of the Bible.  But I still had to wonder … Was everything that was written in the Bible really true?  Did it still apply today? Could I be sure that it did not have mistakes in it?  How would I be able to decide what parts were true and right and what parts might have error or be outdated?  You can hear the doubts, can’t you?

However, God did an amazing work in my heart to settle all those questions early in my Christian life.  God walked me through the pages of the New Testament to show me what Jesus believed.  It was there where I found that Jesus believed ALL of the Scripture. He even declared that not the tiniest stroke would pass away until it was all fulfilled (Matthew 5:18).  That one truth would have been enough to convince someone, but I discovered so much more.

I found that Jesus Himself believed and referred to some of the passages most often questioned by so many. Jesus quoted from Deuteronomy in the temptation in the wilderness (Matthew 4). Jesus validated the Creation account of Adam and Eve when answering the Pharisees’ questions about marriage and divorce (Matthew 19, Mark 10). Jesus referenced Jonah and the big fish as an example of the resurrection showing that He would be in the “belly” of the earth (as Jonah had been in the belly of the whale) for three days (Matthew 12:40).  Jesus explained His second coming by using the examples of Noah and the flood and Lot and the destruction of Sodom.  He even referred to Lot’s wife being turned into a pillar of salt (Luke 17:26-32).  All of those Old Testaments accounts are questioned and even mocked by many, but what I saw was that Jesus believed them.  And He believed all of them, just as they were written.  It was right at that point that truth was opened to me.  If Jesus (my Lord) believed the Scriptures. I could rest assured that they were true indeed.  Settled … settled … settled.  The doubts and questions went away, and a solid confidence in the Word of God was born.  I would believe the Bible to be the Word of God, and I would believe it just as it is written! Case closed. And what a settled heart that brought to me!

 

So, Until the Next Time:

Continue to ask God to reveal ways that you might be thinking according to the world’s wisdom or your own opinions.

Start with God Himself whenever you are seeking to know truth.

Ask God to settle your heart fully that the Bible is indeed the Word of God.

Prepare your heart to receive truth and wisdom from Him.

 

In the beginning God …

Genesis 1:1

 

 

The Beginning of Wisdom

Discovering Truth:

A wise woman? … How could one ever be considered wise?

Surely wisdom must be a quality that can be obtained because the Scriptures admonish the believer to get wisdom. Proverbs 4:7 declares: Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom.  And in all your getting, get understanding.

 If wisdom is so important, what exactly is wisdom and how exactly can one obtain it? Proverbs 9:10 teaches that: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

You see, true wisdom begins with God Himself.  He is called “the Only Wise God,” and true wisdom only comes from Him. We begin to gain wisdom when we come to know Him, humbled before Him and possessing a great reverence for Him as the Creator, the Almighty, the only Savior, as He has revealed Himself through the Word of God, and in the Person of Jesus Christ.

Make no mistake. You will also find wisdom in this world, but God declares in 1 Corinthians 3:19 that the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.  And in Romans 1:22 He describes those who turned away from Him as professing to be wise, they became fools. Truly the world’s wisdom is foolishness to God.

But did you know that we can be foolish in our own thoughts, all the while thinking that we are wise? Romans 12:16 says: Do not be wise in your own opinion.  That is certainly a sobering thought!  We can consider ourselves to be wise in our own thoughts and in our own opinions, but if we do not think according to God’s Word, God’s ways, and God Himself, we are just as foolish as the world!

So … our focus is on “A Wise Woman”. What we will have to do is go to God Himself and let Him reveal His wisdom to us.    Don’t be surprised if, on this journey, you find that you have absorbed a part of the world’s wisdom, or that you find that you have acted foolishly by being “wise” in your own opinions.  It happens to us all! It will take God Himself to renew our minds.

 

Personal Reflection:

When I first became a Christian about 33 years ago, it was the first time in my life that I truly studied the Bible.  I considered myself an educated person, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education, but when I began to study the Bible an unexpected change occurred in me.  I had attended public schools all my life and then completed my education in a secular university.  I had absolutely no idea how much of the world’s wisdom was in me.

The way I explained the change that occurred in me was like this.  I would hold one hand out in front of me with my palm facing up and say, “I thought this.”  Then I would hold out my other hand with that palm facing up, and I would say, “But the Bible says this!”  Then I would be faced with a decision.  I could not keep both.  I would have to throw one out, and that is exactly what I did.  One by one, thought by thought, I threw out my old way of thinking.  And through that process, God changed my way of thinking.  Little by little, He was making me wiser than I had been.  Now, please do not misunderstand.  He is still in the process of conforming me. I have not arrived!  But I am humbled and thankful that He has brought me thus far!  It has been quite a journey, one that I will share as we go.

 

So, Until Next Time:

Spend time asking the Lord to reveal His wisdom to you.

Ask Him to show you ways that you have absorbed the world’s wisdom.

Ask Him to show you ways that you may be “wise” in your own opinions.

Bow before Him, asking Him to conform your life to a life which honors Him.

 

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom.  And in all your getting, get understanding.

Proverbs 4:7

 

 

Every Wise Woman – Introduction

The wise woman builds her house,

But the foolish tears it down with her own hands.

Proverbs 14:1

 

The year was 2017. The diagnosis was bilateral invasive breast cancer.  The events of the year were certainly unexpected and unpredictable, but the Lord, in His faithfulness, love, grace, and mercy, carried us through by His amazing strength.  As of today, following much prayer, many doctors’ appointments, and two surgeries, as far and we know medically, my body is cancer free.  But 2017 also brought some other things into my life.

We all know that the Scriptures teach that our life is but a vapor and will fade away.  We know that it is appointed to each of us a time to die, and we know that our days are numbered. But 2017 brought a time of examination into my life. With a clear view that my life could have ended here on earth, I had to ask the Lord what He would have me do with the future days that He has graciously placed before me. The Lord has so blessed my life through His Word over the last 33 years. He saved me, totally changed our marriage, helped me raise our son, taught me so many truths, and essentially gave me a new life. I cannot keep these blessings to myself.  I must share them and allow the Lord to bring them into the hands of those who need encouragement in truth. I also leave these writings, with great love, to the next generation.

So … for 2018, I have been led to write devotional posts entitled Every Wise Woman.  Simple devotional thoughts will be written to encourage women in their walk with the Lord, in their marriages, and in their homes with their families. We will build truth upon truth through these simple devotions. The posts are not already written.  I will write as the Lord leads. I do appreciate your prayers.

I invite you to join the journey and to invite others to join us, as well. You will be able to  find these posts on our blog at http://www.wisdomandkindness.com and can follow the blog there to have the posts sent to your email address, or you can have them show in your Facebook feed by liking our Facebook page entitled Wisdom and Kindness.

Looking forward to the journey. Praying that you will join us.  May the Lord bless!

 

God’s Design for the Christian Heart

Have you ever watched a designer at work? I have had many occasions to watch my husband at work as a builder. However, before he ever begins to build, he fully designs the project in his mind. Once he thoroughly knows the design, he meticulously works at the drawing table to create every detail of the design before he ever lifts a finger to build. Then, and only then, he begins to build – and he only builds according to that design.

Have you ever thought that God has a design for your heart? You may wonder why He chooses to work on the heart. Scripture teaches that every action that we make, every word that we speak, and even every thought that we think comes from the heart. In essence, the whole of our life is directed by the heart.

However, the human heart has a great problem. Because of the Fall described in Genesis 3, sin entered the human heart. The human heart fell from perfect communion with God to a self-focused, selfish life. Make no mistake. The selfishness make take shape in the form of the most terrible sins that one could imagine or it may take form in pride and self-exaltation that may be manifested in a variety of ways. But no matter where along this spectrum that self manifests itself, it is still a fallen human heart. Scripture describes the human heart as deceitful above all things and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9).

Our gracious and holy God came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ to forgive sin by His death on the cross, but He also came to give the one who has trusted in Him a new heart. And, praise be to our God and Father, He has already designed what the heart of the Christian will be.

We must remember that what the Father is doing is two-fold. He is removing the the fallen human heart controlled by sin and self and is creating a new heart in the Christian. What will this new heart be like? How has God designed it to be? In essence, God has designed the new heart to be just like His! But how can we know the heart of God? We can know the heart of God because it has been revealed in the Scriptures.

Listen to the Scriptures as the saints of old describe God:

Moses in Numbers 14:18 says: The Lord is long-suffering and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty …

The psalmist in Psalm 86:15 declares: But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long-suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.

David in Psalm 145:8 proclaims: The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion, slow to anger, and of great mercy.

Nehemiah as he prays in Nehemiah 9:17: But thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness …

There are other passages as well. Those Old Testament saints knew their God. They called out to Him and trusted Him to act because of Who He is. But they also knew God’s heart, because God Himself had made it known.

In Exodus 33, in a beautiful exchange between God and Moses, Moses finally begs God to show him His glory. Chapter 34 continues as God Himself places Moses in the cleft of the rock, and covers him with His hand, as He passes by and declares the name of the Lord: The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious and long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.
And in response, Moses bowed before Him and worshipped.

These saints of old had come to know God – as He had revealed Himself to be.

What happens then in the New Testament? Jesus Christ, the Messiah, is born and the Scriptures declare that God now lives among us in the Person of Jesus. We can read the gospels to see the heart of Jesus. How often the Scriptures describe Him of being full of compassion.

Hebrews 1:3 describes Jesus as: the brightness of God’s glory and the express image of His person.

In other words, the Scripture is teaching that Jesus is exactly like and is God.

Jesus even declares of Himself in John 14:9: If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father.

Now let us take a look at the Holy Spirit. What is it that is produced by the Holy Spirit?
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith meekness, temperance (Galatians 5:22).
The fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth
. (Ephesians 5:9).

Now, we are beginning to see our God. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are all one. They are the same. Did you notice how the descriptions of them parallel so closely?

But let us return to our first question. What is God’s design for the Christian heart? As has already been mentioned, He has designed our new heart to be like His!  At the Creation, man had a perfect, sinless heart. He had been made in the image of God. After the Fall, sin entered and every human being that has ever been born has been born with that fallen human heart. But God does an amazing work when He saves someone. Colossians 3:10 teaches us that the new man is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him. Did you see the connection? Originally man was created in God’s image and after salvation a person is renewed after His image! What a glorious blessing!

When Jesus first began preaching, in His first recorded sermon, the Sermon on the Mount, He describes the heart of the ones who have entered the kingdom of heaven. Listen to the description of their heart. Poor in spirit (empty of self), mourning (grieving when have sinned), meek (humble under God’s hand, not self-assertive), hungering and thirsting after true righteous, merciful, pure in heart, peacemaker, rejoicing even in persecution. Do you see the parallels to God’s own heart?

Do you recall the fruit that the Spirit will be producing in the Christian’s heart? Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control, along with goodness, righteousness, and truth. Can you see the design of the Christian heart is to have a heart like God Himself?  And, of course, we know that it is a human impossibility. The Christian can only live in that way when the Holy Spirit lives within, and the believer walks in the Spirit of God.

Listen how the Apostle Paul exhorts the believers at Ephesus to walk worthy … with all lowliness, and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love. Can you see the same characteristics of the heart?

Paul in writing to the Colossians says:  Put on therefore , as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering, forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

The New Testament is full of exhortations for the Christian to walk in a way that honors our Lord.

Oh, my friend, can you see God’s design for the Christian heart? The Master Designer planned it from the beginning … that we would be conformed to the image of Christ!

Now let us look at these truths in a very practical manner. It is quite evident that, apart from God Himself doing this work in us, it will be an absolute impossibility. The ultimate goal for the Christian is that we glorify the Father in heaven. How is that done? In the simplest form, it means that you reflect Him as He truly is! In your daily interactions with God Himself and with those around you, your words, deeds, and thoughts simply reflect God as He is because He lives within you. Your life is no longer about self. It is about your Father in heaven.

Now for the tests … How much of your Christian life is spent alone with the Father in true fellowship with Him as opposed to doing “spiritual” things to be admired by your own self or by others?

And how do you interact with others? How do you speak to others? Perhaps the most revealing test is not how you speak to or about others in Christian circles? But how do you speak to your husband? And how do you speak to your children? Jesus said your words reveal your heart. What is found in your own heart? Do you have a heart like God?

I recently had to ask myself all of these same questions as the Lord began speaking to me, saying that He wants all of my heart. Daily I see thoughts, words, and deeds that I must turn away from. Truly, my self must die daily, so that the Spirit of God may rule my heart, and thus, my life.

I return in my thoughts to the Master Designer of the Christian heart. He has specifically and carefully designed the Christian heart to be a reflection of Him.  To God be the glory!

 

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
Romans 11:33

The Goodness of Affliction

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The goodness of affliction. Goodness? Affliction? Those two ideas always seem contrary to one another. How is it even conceivable that suffering or troubles, whether from circumstance or people, could, for even a moment, be considered good?

Affliction is addressed in many places throughout the Bible. In Psalm 119 alone, the psalmist refers to affliction repeatedly:
Verse 67 states: Before I was afflicted, I went astray …
And then verse 71 makes an amazing statement: It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.
And finally in verse 75, the psalmist praises the Lord for His faithfulness:
I know, O Lord, that Thy judgments are right, and that Thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.

And it is these verses that have stirred in my heart and mind for the last couple of months – since I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I can humbly say that the Lord is making these verses real in my life.

Very soon after my diagnosis, the Lord began speaking to my heart saying that He wants ALL of me. I discussed this with my husband, and he asked me what the Lord wanted me to do. But I explained to him that though there may be something that the Lord wants me to do in the future, right now what He was saying was that He wants ALL of me … that He wants ALL OF MY HEART!

I had no idea of the path that the Lord had prepared for me, but I can, in all honesty, say that before I was afflicted I went astray, that it has been good for me that I have been afflicted that I might learn His statutes, and that in His faithfulness He had afflicted me.

How did He bring this about?
Before I was diagnosed with cancer, the church had asked me to lead a ladies group on the study of the Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 5-7. After discussing the request with my husband and the pastor, we agreed that I would serve in that capacity, although the study was not scheduled to begin until the fall, which would be several months later. I felt so unqualified and began to pray regarding the study. Then along came the cancer, with appointments, procedures, biopsies, surgeries, and more.

I had “still” time, and quite a bit of it. I had told my husband that though I had this illness, I still needed to use my time well. Therefore, I “decided” to begin studying the Sermon on the Mount in preparation for the fall study. There are inadequate words to describe what the Lord has done in my heart. Yes, although I have been a Christian for over 30 years, I saw that before I was afflicted, I went astray, and indeed, the Lord wanted all of my heart.

It is impossible to explain, in one writing, the depths of the truths that the Lord has been showing me, but with His guidance I will attempt to summarize the path that I have been on. This path was not trodden in one day. I have been weeks and months in these truths. May the Lord Himself show forth His truth!

As I began to study this sermon, I saw that the Lord was teaching His disciples and that these truths are true for every child of His throughout all generations. It was as if He was speaking directly to me! Remember, He had shown me that He wanted ALL of my heart, and He lovingly laid it all out before me.

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Poor in spirit. Humble. Emptied of self. Broken, knowing that in my self I have nothing to offer God. I can only fall before Him, pleading for mercy. That is how everyone who has entered the kingdom of heaven entered, but I must REMAIN humble in heart. How easily pride slips in, and how often the enemy causes one to lift himself up in pride. How many times do I look down on others with criticism and silently pat my own self on the back? Pride and arrogance have no place in the life of a child of God. How often the Scripture exhorts the child of God to humility! Indeed, I had gone astray. And yes, the Lord wanted ALL of my heart!

Blessed are those who mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Mourning. What is this mourning? When one comes before the Lord poor in spirit, he will of necessity mourn over his sin as he sees how far short he falls. But do I continue to mourn when I sin? How often do I compromise without any remorse? How quickly I justify and excuse sin. How complacent am I when worldliness begins to creep into my heart? How readily do I accept my flesh responses to situations or people? It is all still sin! I must remain poor in spirit, grieving to the point that I confess to Him. There He is faithful and just to forgive, and there I am comforted. Yes, indeed, I had gone astray. I had allowed sin to settle in my heart. And the Lord wanted ALL of my heart for Himself.

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Meekness. How I have come to love this word! What is meekness? Meekness is not easy to describe. It seems that there isn’t a good word in the English language that defines meekness, nor is it something that is seen readily in our culture. Meekness comes following being poor in spirit and mourning. Meekness is a place of surrender to God, and a calm assurance rests in the heart of the child of God that she is His child and that He cares for her perfectly, only acting in goodness toward her. What this calm assurance produces is peace within the heart. The amazing effect of this meekness is that no matter the difficult circumstance and no matter the problem the difficult person may bring, God is in control of it all, and I can rest in Him. But besides the wonderful, confident rest and peace that meekness brings, it also prevents certain behaviors in my life. It will prevent one from retaliating, from lashing out, from storing up resentment and bitterness in the heart. It is not self-centered, nor self assertive. The effect of meekness is all because the child of God is trusting every situation and circumstance in the hands of her Heavenly Father. Yes Lord, without any exceptions, You want ALL of my heart!

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
All of these qualities described in the Beatitudes are qualities of the heart, and so is this hunger and thirst. What are the desires of the heart? What do I truly hunger and thirst for? Is it God’s own righteousness? Is it all the things that God says is true and right? Do I have a deep desire to reflect Him as He truly is? Or do I settle comfortably into my own ways? As the world insidiously creeps in, do I find myself seeking worldly things and worrying about such? The heart moves away from hungering and thirsting for God, and settles for some worldly endeavor rather than seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Even busyness in doing “good” things can interfere and subtly change hunger and thirst for Him to desires for other activities. And, there again, I saw that surely I had gone astray. And, most importantly, that God wants ALL of my heart for Himself.

What I was beginning to see is that God wants my heart to consistently remain with Him. He wants me to continually humble myself before Him. He wants me to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s conviction and guidance, confessing when I fail. He wants me to remain meek and trust every circumstance of my life to Him, without reacting in a fleshly manner. And He wants me to continually seek Him above all else.

All of those heart qualities are directly related to my relationship to Him, and I am eternally grateful that He gives His children His own Holy Spirit to comfort, guide, and enable us. For apart from Him, we can do nothing!

I had been so convicted and humbled as I examined my heart and my relationship with God in the light of these truths. But my examination was not over. God now turned the focus to my relationship with others and my heart toward them.

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall receive mercy.
The first quality of the heart toward others addressed by the Lord is mercy. Why is that such an important quality to find in the heart of the believer? I believe that when a person has truly experienced the mercy of God, the very mercy of God must be manifested through him as he turns toward others. Apart from being merciful to others, I can never reflect the Father as He truly is. I had to face some tough questions. How often did I look at others with a critical spirit toward them rather than one of mercy and compassion? How often did I truly lift those same people up to the Father in prayer, that they may come to know Him and experience His mercy? God says His mercies are new every morning. Did I consistently and faithfully reflect the mercy of God? Oh, how short I fall. How desperately I desire for the Lord to take ALL of my heart.

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
I cannot even begin to speak regarding purity of heart. I cannot even imagine the blessing that it would be to truly be pure in heart. A pure heart. Pure thoughts. Pure motives. Serving the Lord purely, sincerely, and in singleness of heart at all times! The human heart is a desperately wicked heart, deceitful above all things, as the Scripture declares. Yet, our loving God says that He gives the believer a new heart, a heart that is like His own! How humbling, that God would be so gracious to any one of us. I understand the cry of the Psalmist: Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me. Lord, only You can do this in me!

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Peacemakers. My whole life is to be an ambassador for Christ. My life is to be about reaching out to others that they may be reconciled to God. And then, as I interact with others, am I a peacemaker? Or do I find myself guilty of stirring envy and strife? Do I gossip? Or do I speak with words to edify and minister grace? Am I a part of healing relationships? Do I forgive? Am I truly a peacemaker? Again, I will trust the Father to change this heart to make it all He desires it to be! Truly, He wants ALL of my heart!

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
If someone is growing in all of those attitudes of the heart revealed in the Beatitudes, doesn’t it seem as though he would be respected? The Scripture indicates otherwise. It says he will be persecuted, insulted, and falsely accused. Yet, the believer is to rejoice – to rejoice in the Lord! It is an honor to be counted worthy to suffer for Him, and great is the reward in heaven!

I have only given a quick glimpse into these Beatitudes, but the truths are deeper and higher than we can fully comprehend. The Lord has just begun showing me what He means by wanting ALL of my heart. He wants it for Himself. He wants to dwell there. He wants me to be conformed to His image.

Yes, slowly over time I had gone astray. I was like the church of Ephesus described in Revelation who had left her first love. God always call me to repent – to turn back to Him. And there I find the same gracious, merciful, forgiving Father as when I first believed.

I am still studying the Sermon on the Mount, and will likely be here for some time. I still have another surgery ahead of me, and I know that the Lord has much more for me to learn on this cancer journey, but right now, He is teaching me that it is good that I have been afflicted because He is truly bringing my heart back to Him!  Yes, My Lord wants all of me.  He wants all of my heart.  And if you are His child, He wants all of your heart, too!

It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.
Psalm 119:71

I know, O Lord, that Thy judgments are right, and that Thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.
Psalm 119:75

An Unexpected and Uncertain Journey

Vacations. Travels. Journeys. Most of us look forward with eager anticipation to the journeys of life that are on the horizon. We plan, pack, and thoroughly prepare for the journey ahead. But in life, we sometimes find ourselves on a completely unexpected journey, one that we had never planned to take.

Such is where we find ourselves in this season of life. Having recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, there is an unexpected and uncertain journey that lies ahead for my husband and I. Where this journey will ultimately lead, only our Lord and Heavenly Father know for sure. However, as unplanned as this journey is on our end, I see that the Lord is preparing our hearts and packing all that we need for this journey.

The first truth for the journey – ASSURANCE. As we received the diagnosis, I was immediately reminded in my heart that I am not my own, I have been bought with a price – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. What assurance it brings when you know of a certainty that you belong to God. Because you have been redeemed (bought by the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross) you are a child of the Living and Almighty God, and as such, your perfect Heavenly Father will care for you on every step of this unexpected and uncertain journey. From that assurance comes great rest and peace. Nothing else, nor anyone on this Earth, can give that kind of rest and peace. I know I will need to rest in the loving arms of my Father throughout this uncertain journey.

Interestingly, the second item for this journey is something that I am not allowed to bring with me. I thought about my travels to visit my son and his family overseas. There were certain items that I was never allowed to pack. Such would be the case on this journey. God spoke very clearly to my heart that I am not to bring FEAR with me. Fear is the natural and understandable reaction to the news that you have cancer. But immediately the Lord began bringing Scriptures to mind to FEAR NOT! As I took a concordance and walked through the Scriptures, over and over God’s people were instructed, yes commanded, to fear not. In addition, God gave the reason that they were not to fear. The overwhelming reason was that HE was their God and that HE was with them. I spent many hours in those Scriptures, with a greater and greater understanding of why fear should not be in my life. I believe Isaiah 41:10 explains it best: Fear not, for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yea, I will help you; yea, I will uphold you with the right hand of My righteousness. Again the reason that I am not to fear is because He is my God, and He has said that He will strengthen me, help me, and sustain me. He has also said that He will never leave me nor forsake me. Faith, in its very essence, is knowing what God has said and trusting Him to do what He has said. Therefore, I must walk by faith, and not by sight. He has said: Fear not, therefore my heart’s response to Him is: I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me! I know of a certainty that fear will want to creep into this journey because fear is such a strong, natural human emotion, from which I am not exempt. But I also know of a certainty that the Lord does not want fear on this journey. I will trust His grace to help me walk there day by day.

The third item the Lord prepared in my heart for this journey is CALLING. Every true believer should know his calling in life. It is God Himself who calls, equips, and places one where he is to serve. God has called me to Himself to be a child of His. That calling will not change – not on this upcoming journey, nor on any journey in this life, nor throughout eternity.

Secondly, God has called me to be the wife of one man – my precious husband. During our 39 years of marriage God has taught me much about being a wife, help, and companion to this one man. That calling will not change. I am to continue in this calling in every way that I am able, even through the ups and downs of the journey. As the Lord began to cement this in my heart, there was one day that I wanted to mope around. The Lord gently reminded my heart that I wasn’t having a mastectomy TODAY, and that I wasn’t having radiation TODAY, and that I wasn’t having chemotherapy TODAY, so what was I going to do TODAY? My heart’s response was: I am going to be David’s wife today! With that truth, I set about having a blessed day. Since that day, I have been frequently reminded to just continue to be David’s wife. That is my place in this life and that will not change. I was reminded of a portion of our wedding vows: in sickness and in health. That vow must be true, not only to the kind of husband David will be to me, but the kind of wife I am to be to him. Additionally, the Lord has called me to stay under my husband’s leadership (headship) as I trust the Lord with every step of this journey. The Lord has spent years teaching me to see the goodness of God in following a husband’s leadership. That, too, must not change. God had called me as David’s wife, and all that that means shall not change for as long as we both shall live.

And the third part of my calling in this life – As a Christian, God places us in the body of Christ. There He gifts us and equips us to serve one another for edification – to build up the body of Christ. That calling would not change either. Though it seems that I fail at this so often, I am still to be about encouraging fellow believers. Yes, there could be such a tendency to shut oneself away from all others, but that is not God’s design. Everyone has times of struggles, trials, hardships, and difficulties. No one is exempt. It is part of the fallen world in which we live. But as fellow believers, we are to encourage one another, pray for one another, comfort one another, help one another, and love one another. This calling would not change. As I walk through this unexpected and uncertain journey ahead, as God Himself faithfully sustains me, I am to encourage others facing the struggles of life. By sharing truth and proclaiming His faithfulness, may I be found true to that calling, as well.

So in all three of these, to God Himself, to my precious husband, and to fellow believers, may I be constantly reminded: the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable – Romans 11:29. Those things will not change.

I know this is only the beginning of this unexpected journey as God prepares my heart for this path. When one looks at our situation with earthly eyes, it seems as if there is a one way path ahead, from which we cannot turn away. Above this path is a dark and ominous cloud encapsulating the word “Cancer”. Earthly eyes would see that only darkness lies ahead on that path, but that CANNOT be so for the Christian because God is already ahead of us on the path, and of a necessity light must be there because God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.  

I know that I understand nothing yet of the path that lies ahead, but I know the God in whom I have believed. I have been reminded of words penned by Daniel W Whittle in one of his well-known hymns. I close for now, as I share those meaningful words with you.

Refrain:
But “I know Whom I have believed,

And am persuaded that He is able

To keep that which I’ve committed

Unto Him against that day.”