I had in mind to do something on Father's Day, as I have on Mother's Day in the past. But now here it is, Thursday. I already have a post; tomorrow's Hither and Thither... and you just don't "bump" Hither and Thither.
I have many thoughts about manhood and fatherhood in our culture, but unfortunately most of them are half-formed and not ready for prime-time.
...then I wrote three sentences, and deleted them all. Which sort of proves, or at least illustrates, my point.
So I'll start and pretty much end with Proverbs 12:4, and an application:
An excellent wife is the crown of her husband,One could almost write a book on that single verse, but I'll restrain myself. Note that it is the mark of an excellent wife, which in Hebrew suggests a wife of character and substance, is marked by making her husband feel like a king. She adorns him. She puts him in a high place.
but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.:
Wisdom would suggest the further thought that such a man has the position and motivation to do great exploits for his wife and his family.
Is that a reach? Hardly. Simply move on to Line B and ask, What is the point of contrast? Here we see a woman who shames her husband, who disgraces him and causes him to blush. What is the effect? A rotten skeleton. Bone cancer.
Clearly then the two portraits are meant to clash off of each other. The first creates a cycle also. Because she's a woman of character, she treats her husband in a God-centered way. She has embraced her created role as helper and soul-mate with all her heart (Genesis 2:18). She's happy to be a woman of God, and does her best to make her husband happy to be a man of God. What he does feeds her happiness.
She is in this way a contrast to the foolish woman of Line B, who tears down her house with her own hands (Proverbs 14:1).
There's more to say, but I'll stop. (But here is a little more.) Having blasted the Proverbs 31:28-31 horn lustily in the past — and even done it, right here, in front of everyone! — I thought perhaps you might bear with this word of exhortation.
So, ladies, how are you going to make your guys feel like kings this Father's Day? (Or if that's a secret, how have you done it in the past?)
There. Now I think at one time or another I've given good "bumps" to Father's Day and Mother's Day.
"Outdo one another in showing honor" (Romans 12:10b)