Proverbs 31 Man
Read: Proverbs 31:10-31 & Hebrews 10:24
Many books have been written, sermons preached, and Bible studies held about the Proverbs 31 woman. There are many lessons for women to learn from these verses, but what do they say about the man? What qualities did this woman’s husband possess?
Proverbs 31:11 says, “Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.” Yes, her behaviors build that confidence, but they are also fed by it. To know someone believes we can do something great, that we have more potential in God than is easily seen, “[spurs us] on toward love and good deeds.” (Hebrews 10:24)
This man shares his resources with his wife, considering their finances something to use together, and he trusts her with them. “She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.” (Proverbs 31:16) He realizes they can accomplish more with their wealth when they share financial decisions.
“Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.” (Proverbs 31:23) Her character and reputation bring him respect, but remember—he feeds that character. He nourishes it. His leadership at home has placed him in a position to receive respect from the community.
The Proverbs 31 woman works hard to see her family prosper, and he does not overlook what she pours out on them. “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.” (Proverbs 31:28) His praise brings her joy and satisfaction, puts a smile on her face the next morning as she wakes early to face another day.
A wife without the support of a Godly man can live a life pleasing to the Lord, but she is limited. In a relationship with Jesus and a husband who trusts her, shares with her, leads her and affirms her, she can accomplish more for God and her family than seems possible. It takes a Proverbs 31 man to have a Proverbs 31 woman.
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