Esther 1:20 And when the king’s decree which he shall make shall be published throughout all his empire, (for it is great,) all the wives shall give to their husbands honour, both to great and small.

Introductory Thoughts

The Bible shows us that even heathen kings know it is proper for a woman to honour her husband. Some might suggest that because these words were spoken by a heathen, the reader should discount them, but these truths are supported elsewhere in scripture. For instance, Ephesians 5:33 says that the wife is to reverence her husband. Sara honoured Abraham, even to the point of calling him lord (1 Peter 3:6). Even Abigail, who had a husband that was a man of Belial, honoured her husband when she kept David from ending Nabal’s life (1 Samuel 25:23-33). A woman who honours her husband honours the Lord. She does so because the Lord commands it, not because her husband necessarily deserves her honour.

Devotional thoughts

  • (For children): Honour means to treat with respect. God made the woman to be a help to her husband (Genesis 2:18). As such, she will do him good all the days of her life (Proverbs 31:12). This includes both her actions and her speech.
  • (For everyone): What kind of a man was Nabal? How could Abigail honour him when he was so wicked? What would have caused her to be a good wife to a bad man?
  • If you are a wife, do you honour your husband? What kind of message does this send to your children? How does this please or displease the Lord?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask the Lord to make your home more scriptural.
  • Ask God to help each member of your family to please Him.