As I read through the passage of the Proverbs 31 woman, I couldn’t help but remember a quote from one of my favorite films, Pride and Prejudice:
She would certainly be a fearsome thing to behold. – Elizabeth Bennet
Indeed, the Proverbs 31 woman would be a fearsome thing to behold. How could one woman have the time and energy to accomplish all those things? Shall we read it together? 😉
Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character
10A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
WOW! Now that’s quite a list there! It would be awesome to know how to sew, cook, plant, do business, have time to help the poor, have a good character and attitude, wisdom in every word and not eat too much!
Seems pretty impossible right? Or…can it be possible to be this “fearsome” creature? 😉 God says that through Him all things are possible. I would love to have these great qualities but how can I develop them in my life?
Let’s take it one step at a time. Verse 10 begins by stating that she has a noble (or virtuous) character. What does that mean?
Noble: (gracious, right, dignified) possessing high ideals or excellent moral character
Virtuous: (honorable, moral, honest) having or showing moral goodness or righteousness
Now where do we turn to, to learn and know what is right? God’s Word
The first step in becoming a Proverbs 31 woman, a fearsome creature, is through abiding in the Word of God.
What are some ways you abide in God’s Word?