31 May A Proverbs A Day // Proverbs 31
The 31st // Proverbs 31
Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.”–Proverbs 31:30
Well… Here were are… Proverbs 31. This is the chapter that I’ve most NOT wanted to try and talk about… It’s quite possibly the most pinned proverbs on Pinterest… It has its own hashtag on Instagram and there’s a company called Proverbs 31 Ministries… If it’s talked about everywhere, then why am I so nervous to talk about it here on my medium? It’s because Proverbs 31 is all about the Godly woman… The woman that we should all aspire to be… The perfect woman.
You see, that’s my problem. There I go again. Often times, I take information that God gives me in His word and I allow Satan to turn it into pressure, anxiety, fear that I don’t measure up and guilt when I for sure don’t. Then, I end up forgetting God’s most incredible trait, His grace. The Proverbs 31 woman is an incredible woman. I’m sure, though, that she also had bad days. Days where she snapped at her children or at her husband. Days where she decided to sleep in just a little bit because the night before she had been wide awake with her youngest. Days where she just wasn’t at her best. Proverbs 31 woman is still just that… A woman… A human… And so am I. But with God’s grace, every morning is a new morning for her, just like every morning is a new morning for me to seek to mirror these attributes in my own life.
So, what is this Proverbs 31 woman like?
She is of noble character [31:10]. She takes her job as a wife seriously, building him up and not tearing him down [31:12]. She works tirelessly for her family, preparing food [31:14], ensuring they are properly clothed [31:13, 19 & 21], making sure the home is well kept [31:22] and using her resources to provide even more for her family [31:24]. She looks out at a field and sees a potential garden [31:16] and she’s not afraid to put in the work needed to make it all happen, waking up before the sun [31:15] and never one to quit in the middle of a task [31:27]. She cares about others, too. It says she provides food for her servant [31:15] and gives to the needy [31:20].
She has every valuable trait [31:11] and speaks with wisdom [31:26]. She’s faithful [31:26], dignified and strong [31:25] and because of her faith, she doesn’t fall victim to fear, anxiety and worry. Her husband and children praise her because they know they couldn’t live this life without her [31:28], but most importantly, God praises her! He says that she is more precious than rubies [31:10] and that a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised [31:30]!
When you think of the model woman, this description is one to aim after. However, I think that if you were to interview Proverbs 31 woman and ask her how she does it all, I think that she’d say the following:
“By the grace of GOD, I am of noble character. I take my job seriously, building up my husband and not tearing him down, but there are days where I need God to speak instead of me. I am able to work tirelessly for my family because I pray daily that God gives me the energy to do so. I care about my servants and those in need because I know that they are God’s creation, just like my own children and it is through my faith in God that I am called to serve them too. I look out at the field and thank God for his provisions and because of the blessings He gives me, I work to make the most of them. I was born with these valuable traits, God designed me as a woman to be of serious value… So are you. He made US strong, dignified, faithful and beautiful. I speak with wisdom because I seek God first–He makes me wise. Sometimes I have to pray the fear and anxiety away, but I’m only able to do so because I know the plans God has for me and I trust that they are better than my own.”
And just like that, the Proverbs 31 woman is attainable. She wasn’t born emmaculate! She has become a woman of virtue through her faith in God. He can make any woman a Proverbs 31 woman… Talk about taking a load off my chest!
I think, as a woman, Proverbs 31 is the perfect way to end this challenge. I need to remember that, while I have to make the decision to follow Christ and seek His word, He makes me valuable and gives me the talents and abilities to be righteous. Today, I pray that I wake up every morning and choose to seek Him first and to be a wise and faithful woman of virtue. And if I miss a day [and I hope I don’t]? His mercies are new every morning.