Written By Katie Jean LaPierre From Eternally Minded Mamas
“Your wife will be like a fruitful vine WITHIN your house…” Psalm 128:3
Never in my lifetime have I had so much OPPORTUNITY to be a fruitful vine WITHIN my house. Anyone can produce good fruit “out there” in front of others, but the rubber meets the road when our door is closed and we are within the four walls of our homes.
We are “stuck” at home (which I love). This is where every woman’s main ministry occurs. The questions are: What does our ministry look like? What kind of fruit are we producing in our home?
Anyone can be a miserable hag and produce bad fruit of wrath, quarreling, yelling, pouting, etc. It takes a woman of God who is grounded and rooted in the Word and in the Lord to produce the good fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. That’s the kind of fruit I want my vine producing.
I have been so convicted by my ugly fruit at times. Another gift of this virus is that my husband is home more often and he gets to hear me in all my glory. He has had to help me quite a few times.
We CAN’T produce this good fruit on our own. Our lives were never meant to be lived by ourselves. We are yoked together with Christ so that He can walk WITH us as we produce fruit within our homes.
Stay close to Him!
I, Lori, love to look up what the commentaries of old have to say about verses and here are what a few of them had to say about this verse. The word “fruitful vine” can be referring to both the fruit of walking in the Spirit as Katie clearly taught, and our ministry in the home and to our families which is a wonderful privilege given by God to women.
“Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house…. The vine being a weak and tender tree, which needs propping and supporting; and often is fastened to the sides of a house, to which the allusion here is; whereunto it cleaves, and on which it runs up, and bears very agreeable fruit; it is properly used to express the weakness and tenderness of the female sex, their fruitfulness in bearing children, and their care of domestic affairs, being keepers at home.” (Gill’s Exposition of the Bible)
“Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides (rather, in the inner chambers) of thine house. The second point of blessedness is a fruitful wife, content to dwell in the house, to keep at home (Titus 2:5) and guide the household.” (Pulpit Commentary)
Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.