Sunday, January 4, 2015

A Husband's Crown

Crowns have a fascinating role in history. In the ancient world, crowns came in many shapes and forms and were made of the most costly materials available. They symbolized royalty and sovereignty. When David fought and conquered the King of the Amorites he took his crown to celebrate his victory. It was made with precious stones and gold, and the gold in that crown weighed one hundred ten pounds. In today’s market the gold in that crown would be worth $3,004,870.00. The power and might of the king was represented by the size and value of his crown.

“A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown,” wrote Solomon, “but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.” We read in Genesis that God created woman to be man’s helper. As God reviewed His creation, He realized that Adam could not do what He wanted him to do by himself. He needed help so God created a “helper” for him.

The word “helper,” however, does not capture the depth of the meaning of that word. A “helper,” as used in this context is one who assists another to reach their full potential, to fill up or complement the other person. Eve, Adam’s wife, was created to make him “complete!”

A wife of “noble character” can bring her husband esteem and honor, recognition and respect. But, he must first earn it. If the husband does his part in becoming the man God wants him to be, then the wife can do her part by representing him well. She will be able to complete and complement her husband and receive her “crown.”

Prayer:  Bless and empower those wives, Father, who enable husbands to bring honor and glory to Your name! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Proverbs 12:4 A good wife is the crown of her husband, but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.

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