One of my favorite descriptions and pictures of the Proverbs 31 woman is that of her watching over her family and home: “She watches over the ways of her household” (verse 27). As wives, mothers, and homemakers, we wear many hats as we discharge our duties at home. And there’s no doubt that one of our most important duties is that of a “watchwoman.”
Just as the walls of the ancient cities were dotted with watchmen who guarded the towns 24 hours a day against hostile action, we too faithfully and carefully guard our children from harmful influences and sound a warning to our husbands when we feel the family is threatened.
Watching Out for False Teachers
Paul watched too. He checked on and encouraged the people who attended the churches under his charge. In fact, when Paul listed his sufferings for the cause of Christ, he ended his list by stating that “besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches” (2 Corinthians 11:28). He worried about false teachers promoting ungodliness.
As we pray against the ungodly influences that could cast darkness over our families, our children, and our hearts, what can we watch for? Look for three bright stars produced by sound, biblical teaching in 1 Timothy 1:6-7— "Some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk, desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm":
- Godly edification—Sound teaching furthers the plans of God (1 Timothy 1:4).
- Good fruit—Sound teaching comes from the heart of a sincere teacher (vs. 5).
- Glorious gospel—Sound teaching showcases the glory of God (vs. 11).
Growing in Discernment
Don’t you want to learn and grow so you can understand the doctrines of the Christian faith better? So you can teach them to your children and help others? You can start by studying the Bible, attending Bible-study classes, and memorizing Scripture.
Want to be with God’s people
Keep watch over your spiritual well-being so you can help your family and friends distinguish light from dark.
Dear Lord, my attention gets caught up in daily needs and tasks so easily. Paul reminds me to scan the horizon and pay attention to the influences around my family and me. Give me a heart of discernment so I can watch for those who teach Your light and avoid those who don’t. Amen.
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As wives and mothers and homemakers, we wear many hats as we discharge our duties at home. And there’s no doubt that one of our most important duties is that of a “watchwoman.”