26 Aug Verse of the Week – 26 Aug. 2019
Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”
Proverbs 31: 28-29
It’s so important to know context, so here is the whole excerpt:
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! I want some of that!! I often hear people talking about being a “Proverbs 31 woman”, and my-oh-my that’s a high call. This is not just a woman who receives praise from her children and husband, but one who earns it.
I have to admit, I don’t like hard work! The thought of working hard in the fields, making clothing and linen, and confronting merchants makes me cringe. But I have to remember that this was written in a different time. I am called to work hard in my own areas of responsibility, which are different from those of the woman in Proverbs 31.
I might not be buying property and making clothes for my family, but I am called to run my home to a God-honouring standard. For me, this means cleaning the house, cooking meals, meal planning, pet sitting – for independence, crafting – for rejuvenation, and most importantly my own walk with God. I need to do everything with the intent to honour God through my use of the talents he has given me, and through the humbling prayer for help in areas where I’m not so talented.
My heart swells at the thought of my future children seeing their mother as a blessed and honourable woman. I swoon at the thought of my husband telling me “many women do noble things, but you surpass them all”! But if I want that praise, I have to work hard for it, and I believe I’m on the path towards it!
Father God, thank you that you have given me talents in the areas where you have called me to succeed, even though I need to work to hone those talents. Thank you that where I need help, you are ready to hear my humble prayer, and ready to assist me. Please forgive my reluctance to work hard – I am sorry for my laziness! Please help me to know how to honour you in everything I do. Please help me to be the wife and mother that you expect from a woman who fears the Lord. Thank you! Amen.