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Proverbs 31 Wife: Introduction

by admin on February 28, 2012 in Faith, Purpose with 2 Comments

The famous Proverbs 31 Woman can leave many of us feeling overwhelmed and inadequate.  How could we ever care for so many people and create so many treasures without losing our energy and grace?

Fear not.

Learning to be a Godly wife is a process.  Each day we do the best we can, and we trust that God, in His mercy, is using us for His glory.  Proverbs 31 is a beautiful model for a woman whose faith in God, whose respect for her husband, and whose love for her family is exemplified by her actions.  We know that faith without works is dead (James 2:17).  This Godly woman’s faith is demonstrated through her works; it is very much alive.  She is such a paradigm because she noticeably trusts in God’s purpose for her life.

For the next couple of weeks, I invite you to study with me the picture of this Proverbs 31 woman.  Today, simply read Proverbs 31:10-31.  Meditate on it, and ask God to speak wisdom into your heart as to what He wants you to learn from this passage.

A capable wife who can find?

She is far more precious than jewels.

The heart of her husband trusts in her,

And he will have no lack of gain.

She does him good, and not harm,

All the days of her life.

She seeks wool and flax,

and works with willing hands.

She is like the ships of the merchant,

She brings her food from far away.

She rises while it is still night

And provides food for her household

And tasks for her servant-girls.

She considers a field and buys it;

With the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.

She girds herself with strength,

And makes her arms strong.

She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.

Her lamp does no go out at night.

She puts her hands to the distaff,

And her hands hold the spindle.

She opens her hand to the poor,

And reaches out her hands to the needy.

She is not afraid for her household when it snows,

For all her household are clothed in crimson.

She makes herself coverings;

Her clothing is fine linen and purple.

Her husband is known in the city gates,

taking his seat among the elders of the land.

She makes linen garments and sells them;

She supplies the merchant with sashes.

Strength and dignity are her clothing,

And she laughs at the time to come.

She opens her mouth with wisdom,

And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

She looks well to the ways of her household,

and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children rise up and call her happy;

Her husband too, and he praises her:

“Many women have done excellently,

but you surpass them all.”

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,

But a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Give her a share in the fruit of her hands,

And let her works praise her in the city gates.

By Lindsay
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    • Modupe @ Hephzibah Bride says:

      I have to admit, a few years ago, I decided I wouldn’t read Proverbs 31 anymore because I thought there was no way I could live up to it – I try but always fail.

      Recently I’ve been learning that I cannot become her all in one go – it’s a process and neither can I do it my strength, but in Christ’s alone.

    • admin says:

      Couldn’t have said it better myself!

      It’s nice having some retrospect, too, because it’s easier to laugh over the mistakes and learn from them rather than suffer from them.