Here is an outline for teaching a devotional to women comparing Lot's wife and the virtuous woman.
Specific purpose statement: You must choose to value God and your husband more than earthly possessions.
Think in your mind about what you treasure the most in your life. Scripture tells us of two women, the virtuous woman and Lot’s wife, who had very different views on what was valuable to them. Lot was a compromiser but the virtuous woman’s husband was trustworthy and had a good reputation in the city. The wife’s influence on her husband is important, and today, I would like to speak to you about the choice these two women made. You must choose to value God and your husband more than earthly possessions.
I. A wife must always be content.
A. The virtuous woman was willing to give what she had, showing
contentment. “She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she
reacheth forth her hands to the needy.” (Proverbs 31:20)
*The dictionary explains that the word content means “reasonably happy and
satisfied with the way things are.”
B. Lot’s wife wanted to keep what she had for herself, showing
II. A wife must always use what she has for God.
A. The virtuous woman desired to use what God gave her for the good of her Husband.
B. Lot’s wife desired her earthly possessions more than what God gave her.
*Harry Drummond said “There is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving”
C. The virtuous woman worked hard for what she had, and was willing to do
whatever was necessary to please God and meet the needs of her family.
*Proverbs 31:13 states, “She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh
willingly with her hands.”
D. Because of the virtuous woman’s willingness to do what God wanted, the
results were much different than what Lot’s wife faced.
III. A wife must always realize that sin has consequences.
A. The virtuous woman was rewarded with honor and blessing for her choice but Lot’s wife faced harsh punishment for looking back, against God.
B. Lot’s wife was turned into a pillar of salt.
*Clark proclaimed "She" looked back - she delayed - perhaps she "desired" to take something with her, and God made her a monument of his displeasure.” Genesis 19:26 says “But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.”
C. The virtuous woman was praised by her children and her husband is well known in the gates. (Proverbs 31:28).
D. Lot’s wife is remembered as an example of one you should not emulate, but the virtuous woman is remembered as an example Godliness.
Christian, as you go about each day, ask yourself, “Am I choosing to value God and my husband more than earthly possessions?” You can choose to be a Virtuous wife.
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