The Wife of Noble Character
A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings, she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand, she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
This passage can be a little overwhelming, I know. The woman described in these verses sounds like Wonder Woman! But, do you know what I see when I read these verses? More than anything, this woman is devoted to her husband and her family. Everything this woman does is driven by the love she has for her husband and family, not herself. I think we can all take a lesson or two from the Proverbs 31 wife. If I focus on myself, my needs and my wants, then I am going in a different direction than what is ultimately best for me, my husband and my family.
If we look at some of her traits they are:
- She puts her husband’s need above her own
- She is not idle but works hard all day
- She is wise
- She is giving
- She is loving
- She fears (loves and respects) the Lord
My prayer for all of us moms this month is that we would aspire to be a Proverbs 31 wife. I want to love my husband and put his needs before my own. I want to be busy doing the work God has given me in raising my children and running my household. I want to be wise and see God’s wisdom in his word. I want to be giving of my time, talents and money and to love everyone. I want to know God and fear Him and feel His love for me. Will you join me today and focus on being a Proverbs 31 wife? Who knows we may love it and never turn back. I know our husbands will love it. :)
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