We all know about King Solomon right? Writer of the book of proverbs? The wisest and wealthiest King in all of Israel?
He probably could afford anything he set his mind to! Just think about all the houses he could have built with all the wealth he had and yet; with a man who had so much, see what he pens down in Proverbs 21:9!
It’s better to live alone in the corner of an attic than with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home
I am sure one of his 700 wives or 300 concubines (who sent him to have this many wives?) may have given him some attitude that caused him to realize that in spite of all his wealth and riches, it wasn’t worth it if he didn’t have peace in his home.
Such a simple word and yet it wields so much power!
The world often depicts women of peace as docile or fragile and yet its not always so.
A woman that carries peace exudes power.
You might be wondering why a featured picture of a cup of cappuccino can depict a peaceable woman.
Often times, we flip through magazines of women with their legs crossed, sipping on a cup of tea, looking into the horizon in complete peace and you at that point in your life may be at a place where things are hectic and so, looking at that picture perfect moment, you just might say something like, “Wow, that looks so peaceful.”
Perhaps, a picture of a woman sitting in perfect serenity comes to mind at the thought of a woman of peace but it goes beyond that.
A peaceful woman doesn’t entertain trouble.
She would quickly eradicate all manner of trouble from her life if it threatens God’s purpose in her life.
Don’t believe that? Let’s take a journey through the bible to the land of Abel-Bethmaach to visit a peaceful woman, shall we? (NIV 2nd Samuel 20)
A troublemaker named Sheba son of Bikri happened to be inciting the people of Israel to turn away from David. He began to spread rumours about David and told people to have no part in whatever David does. So all the men deserted David to follow Sheba son of Bikri.
And King David, who had just lost his son Absalom was obviously very weary, wondering when peace will come and why at all this troublemaker had come his way, so under his command, his men, Abishai and Joab went to look for Sheba son of Bikri.
In doing so, they learnt he had taken cover in Abel-Bethmaach. So Joab had his army surrounded the city’s walls and tried to break it down. But guess who shows up as they are going so?
A peaceable woman from the city!
Here what she says to them when she sees all these strong men trying to break into the city, “Listen! Listen please! Tell Joab to come here so I can speak to him.”
When Joab comes she says, “Listen to what your servant has to say.”
“I am listening,” he said.
She continued, “… We are the peaceful and faithful in Israel. You are trying to destroy a city that is a mother in Israel. Why do you want to swallow up the Lord’s inheritance?”
“… That is not the case,’ Joab said and continued, “A man named Sheba son of Bikri, from the hill country of Ephraim, has lifted up his hand against the king, against David. Hand over this one man, and I’ll withdraw from the city.”
The woman said to Joab, “His head will be thrown to you from the wall.”
Then the woman went to all the people with her wise advice, and they cut off the head of Sheba son of Bikri and threw it to Joab.
At this, Joab sounded the trumpet and dispersed from the city with his men.
While QEP is not positing that anyone should go and cut off any person’s head, hahaha, this bible scenario is a clear example of how one woman rose up to cause peace to reign. I am pretty sure she was like, “Ah, so because of just one troublemaker you are coming to destroy God’s purpose for us in Abel-Bethmaach? If that’s the case, then let’s get rid of him!
A peaceable woman seeks for peace in every situation and pursues it! (1Peter3:11)
Perhaps, like the peaceable woman of Abel-Bethmaach, you need to cut off the head of backbiting, of nagging, of quarrelling, of excessive arguments, of unforgiveness and seek peace.
Don’t make un-peaceful situations your cup of tea.
Make being peaceful a lifestyle,
Jesus Loves You and I do Too,
Queens In Christ,