As we continue our conversation about the Ways a Wise Woman Builds Her House from Proverbs 14:1 (see previous posts here), I will take the remaining posts to talk about the most talked about, the most envied, the most looked-up to and perhaps the most intimidating woman in the Bible – the Proverbs 31 Woman. Some are so intimidated by this woman that they doubt she is a REAL woman, perhaps even fictitious. Even so, we can learn so much from the ‘Perfect Wife’.
Throughout these next 7 blogs, I am excited about pulling great info and quotes from other women who have spoken about the ‘Perfect Wife’ in very practical terms. Let’s begin at verses 10 through 12 of Proverbs 31. These verses begin what is known as an acrostic poem. Each one of the 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet is used in sequence to begin the first word of each verse. This poem (Proverbs 31:10-31) sings the praises of the ‘Perfect Wife’.
Why is this woman called the Perfect Wife? First, we see that she is a woman of noble character and very rare (hard to find). She doesn’t come a dime a dozen. She is not as plentiful as common, everyday things. She’s very rare. She stands out in a crowd of ordinariness. This, my friend, increases her value. Rare things are always very expensive or even priceless and even harder to find! When you are in possession of a rare treasure, it increases your worth. She increases her husband’s value. She is a Holy Spirit filled and led woman. She is able and a help meet to her husband. Secondly, she conducts herself so that he has FULL confidence in her. He’s at ease and he trusts in her conduct and her discretion. And number three, she does not damage his reputation. She’s not calling out his faults to anyone and everyone who will listen. She speaks well of him and speaks well of him to others and speaks honestly of him to God. She is known by her integrity in her marriage. She’s a complete, strong, industrious and resourceful woman! She knows her worth in Christ and uses it with wisdom and grace. Yes, she’s a woman fit to be reckoned with! No shrinking violet here.
My desire is to be this kind of wife to my dear husband. Every year that we are married, I try to achieve this kind of heart for and towards him. I set goals for myself. My desire is to listen to his heart and knit mine together with his. Sometimes I struggle and fall. Sometimes I get it right. I will never stop trying. Wise woman, do you consider yourself both noble and a rare and precious gem for your husband? To the extent that you say yes or no will show itself in how you build your house. Be a wise builder who fills your home with wisdom and grace. Be a rare gem!!
Read Proverbs 31:10-31 in at least 3 different translations.
+Through The Looking Glass:
Can you see yourself in these verses? Which verses are you having trouble seeing yourself in? What steps can you take to reflect Christ in those areas? Commit your way to the LORD.
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