The Priceless Woman Study

Proverbs 31:6
January 6, 2012By Pastor Wendy Williams

6Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. (KJV)

Solomon continues by writing his mother’s caution about drinking wine and strong drink in verse 6.  Her prophecy must have made quite an impact upon him because he wrote about it in detail.  Not only should he not give away his strength unto women, but also he shouldn’t drink, because it was not befitting kings & princes.  Drunkenness would pervert his gift of an understanding heart to judge the people.  His mother had explained strong drink should be reserved only for good purposes, such as: to anesthetize a person who was near death.  At least it would provide some pain relief and comfort in their last days and hours.  And, the excessive use of wine was acceptable only during times of great stress for people who were depressed or in mourning.  They could forget their troubles for awhile by drinking wine.  Solomon’s mother was making a contrast between his being a king against mere commoners who were in dire circumstances.  Surely, he wouldn’t want to put himself in their place with his drinking. 


I am reminded of the time when I drank my first cocktail at a formal dinner dance in college.  I didn’t realize you were supposed to sip rather than drink.  I didn’t like the taste of it, but I didn't want anyone to know I was a novice.  So I held my breath and drank it down all at once, and I became intoxicated.  Although I was wearing a beautiful floor-length gown, I was a mess.  I was really embarrassed because I was a female, and my friends had to help me to the restroom.  I knew I had lost the respect of everyone at the event.   I vowed to never let that happen again in life.  Can you remember an embarrassing time in your life?....or a time when you escaped danger?   That’s why we’re on this journey together.  If the enemy had his way, many of us would have been destroyed a long time ago.  If we’re honest with ourselves, we can think of the countless times when we had a close call here or there.  We might have even lost our lives.  Whether it was the fault of our own poor choices, or the fault of others, it is by the Grace of God that we are all still here.  That’s something to thank God for.  Glory to God!!!  (Repeat the GEM FOR TODAY)

GEM FOR TODAY:  Father, I thank You for Your protection during the times You have preserved me.  It is by Your grace that I am still here, and I am able to receive Your instruction.  Thank You for loving me.  Teach me your will, and teach me your ways, in Jesus’ Name.  Amen.    

Visitor Comments (9)
Proverbs 31:6
Posted By EAGLE_GIRL on January 15, 2012
God loves me and protects me everyday. He teaches me new instruction every single day. And it was the best one yet.
Good lesson
Posted By HISLOSTCHILD on January 7, 2012
This one is my fav
By His Grace
Posted By on January 7, 2012
His graces,may I always walk in it.His protection and light may it always be in my heart,soul and body .
learning the good lesson
Posted By TRENAY on January 7, 2012
I thank God for getting me through some crazy times and just being aware of my actions causes me not to repeat. we learn from our mistakes.
Posted By MMATTHEWS on January 7, 2012
I remember when I start taking college classes, and I had many friends that appeared to have an interest in my career goals. I would make sacrifices to help my friends in financial crisis, and neglect my own family, because I thought they cared about my well being. I was a single parent and I had many struggles with income, housing, parenting, and making appropriate choices. The challenges kept me depressed, as I continued to go to school. I thought of others before myself, and I thought the friends had interest in my well being. After twenty years passed, and I finished my education with a degree the friends I had vanished. As I reflect back I know God gave me courage, and strength even though I made some inapproriate choices.
Your Grace
Posted By LOVEYTIMA on January 6, 2012
All I can say is God you are so good. He loves us even when we make mistakes, and the mistakes we make he causes us to prosper. Praise God that enough to shout!!!!
Gods strength
Posted By MMOSBY on January 6, 2012
I thank God for giving me strength through times when my heart was heavy and keeping my mind.
Posted By LEOLAR on January 6, 2012
The first words from my lips after reading the devotional for today is AMEN!! As I reflect on all of the foolishiness that I allowed in my past life, I can only say "God you have kept me and loved me through it all, and if I had 10,000 tongues it would not be enough to thank you and praise you for loving me."
Thank You
Posted By NLEE on January 6, 2012
I'm remembering times when I thought I couldn't and/or wouldn't make it through the situation...Thank You for God's Grace & Mercy!

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