Kay Arthur, from Precept Ministries, in a powerful message, contrasted foolish women with the wise. Taking her cue from Proverbs 14, “The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down,” Kay goes through Scripture describing what a foolish woman looks like.
“Women play a pivotal role in the future of our nation. One of the reasons our nation is under judgment of God is because of what we have done as women. We are in the mess we are in because women are not being true to what God has designed us to be. We have believed a lie. We have entangled ourselves into the affairs of this world, and we have forgotten WHO we were created to be.”
1. A foolish woman distrusts God.
Genesis 3 – From the beginning, we see a woman who believed a lie and distrusted the heart of God. She thought God was holding out on her, that SHE could decide on her own what was right and what was wrong. Eve was the original feminist. And we have followed her example.
2. A foolish woman corrupts those around her with her immoral quality, character or conduct.
Revelation 19 – All the way to the end, we have an extreme example of a woman following after other gods. Babylon, the mother of harlots, is typified as a women. She corrupts her world with her immorality. Comparing her to the Bride of Christ, she is NOT making herself ready. She is tearing down her house with her OWN HANDS!
3. A foolish woman discourages those around her.
Job 2 – Do not be a foolish woman who, when her whole world caves in, says to her husband, “Why do you hold onto your integrity? Curse God and die!” Mrs. Job was a negative influence in her husband’s life, and while she is the epitome of negativity, how many of us can’t go through an entire day without seeing a dark cloud hanging over something? Negativity can be like cancer to the heart seeking contentment and trust in God.
4. A foolish woman is on the prowl for a man.
Proverbs 7 – The foolish woman sees men as a means to getting what she wants, whether that be attention, self-esteem, acceptance, security, or love. The Proverbs 7 woman goes so far as reducing man to the price of a loaf of bread. She also dresses the part. How do you dress? Do you dress like a harlot? Do you realize that men are turned on by sight? When you dress in the morning, what is the motivation for wearing what you do? Is it get that second glance? To get the stares and guys drooling all over themselves and want YOU? Is how you dress to glorify yourself? Or do you see it as a way to glorifying God? Do you dress like a foolish woman?
5. A foolish woman worships at the shrine of expediency.
Do you rush throughout the day with “no time” for a quiet time, or for in-depth Bible Study? Do you do the bare minimum when it comes to cultivating your relationship with Christ?
Are you a wise woman or a foolish one?
Kay Arthur opened her session with this prayer:
“God, YOU created me woman.
YOU know what you designed me to be.
I don’t want to be a foolish woman.
I want to be what YOU designed me to be.”
May we all pray this prayer, turn this nation around for the Lord, and raise a generation of WISE women.