Category Archives: Widow

Proverbs 16:31 – Do you really want to wash that gray out of your hair?

barberI remember it well!  I was sitting in a barber’s chair at the corner of Thirteen Mile Rd. and Ryan Rd. in Warren, Michigan, chatting with the barber while my youthful locks were trimmed.  Draped in the black gown barbers use to cover their customers, I first noticed it—a gray hair!  Not just any gray hair, my first gray hair!  I was stunned; after all, I was 28 years old and only old people have gray hair!  Incredulous, I asked the barber, “What is this?”  Without a hint of mercy or understanding, the barber left me to wrestle with the rude awakening that youth was fleeting and old age was crowding its way into my hair and life!

For those who have joined my lot in life with more gray hair than not, Solomon offers us a spiritual principle for living in Proverbs 16:31.gray haired grandparents

Proverbs 16:31– “The hoary head [gray-headed; old age] is a crown of glory [beauty; achievement], if it be found [appear; acquired] in the way [path; journey] of righteousness [virtue; justice].”

The “hoary head” (literally, the head with gray hair) is a crown, a sign of a long life that ought to command respect from youth (Solomon states in another proverb “the beauty of old men is the gray head” – Proverbs 20:29).  I recall with fondness many “hoary heads” I have loved and revered over the years.  Men and women whose lives and life experiences were like a treasure trove of wisdom that I acquired by sitting and listening to their walk down memory lane.  Their lives were a testimony of discipline, uprightness and godly wisdom.  They had earned my admiration and I basked in the joy of their friendship and fellowship.

Notice, however, that Proverbs 16:31 is a conditional proverb for it states that gray heads command respect if “if it be found in the way of righteousness (16:31b).  Herein is a warning for all “hoary heads”: Gray hairs and long life alone are not indicative of godly wisdom.  It is the man or woman who has chosen to follow the “way of righteousness” whose life commands our respect.gray hair

Face it my friend, sooner or later gray hairs will push their way into your mane and, whether or not they are a sign of maturity, worry or foolish indiscretions is up to you to decide.

Copyright 2015 – Travis D. Smith

Proverbs 15:25 – An extraordinary promise for widows

widowProverbs 15:25 – “The LORD [Jehovah; Eternal, Self-existent God] will destroy [pluck down; tear away] the house [home; family] of the proud [arrogant]: but He [the LORD] will establish [set up; erect; firm up] the border [boundary; territory] of the widow.”

Proverbs 15:25 serves as a word of admonition to the proud and a word of encouragement to the widow.

To the proud who feel they are above the law and common decency to their fellow-man, be forewarned—mistreat a widow, the fatherless and others less fortunate than yourself and your household will face the wrath of a holy, just God (15:25a).

Widows are of particular interest to God (15:25b) and the Bible has many admonitions and exhortations concerning His love and special care for orphans and widows.

Exodus 22:22 Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child.”

Psalm 10:14 “…Thou [God] art the helper of the fatherless.”

Psalm 146:9 – The LORD preserveth the strangers; He relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.”

James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction [need], and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

Christ wonderfully illustrated the magnanimous care God has for widows when He hung dying on the cross and instructed the apostle John to take His mother Mary into his home and love and care for her as his own mother (John 19:26-27).widows2

In his letter to Timothy, Paul commanded the church to, “Honour [prize; revere; value] widows that are widows indeed [i.e. without children and family] (1 Timothy 5:3).  For the widow who might be tempted to see her life as one of loneliness, I challenge you to endear yourself to others by being a woman of prayer and a model of faith and trust in the Lord (1 Timothy 5:5).

Finally, pity the fool, thief or charlatan who dares take advantage of a widow upon whom God has said, “[I] will establish the border of the widow.”

Copyright 2015 – Travis D. Smith