Yesterday we saw certain qualities about the virtuous wife described in Proverbs chapter 31. Today let’s go ahead and see the rest.
Generous and Self Sufficient
She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of snow for her household,
For all her household is clothed with scarlet.
She makes tapestry for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple. Proverbs 31: 20-22
One of the reasons why she was successful in all her businesses was because of her generous nature. The more you give, the more you receive, “good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom.” (Luke 6:38)
Recognized and Praise-worthy
Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.” Proverbs 31: 23, 28-29
The toughest part to deal with in being a wife or a mother is getting noticed. The children and the husband here, rise up and praise her, for all her contributions. This goes out to all kids and husbands, “recognize” your mother and wife for all that they silently do in the backdrop to get your family running. A small “thank you” or “I love you” goes a long way!
Wives, even if you are not recognized, remember who you are doing these for ultimately. “whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Wise and Fears God
Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Proverbs 31: 25-26, 30
Now we know the reason why she is able to be this ideal woman. She fears God. She seeks wisdom and keeps it. She gives God the priority in her life. Only such a woman can be praised. This passage is a wonderful climax to a book of wisdom. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10)
The virtuous woman embraced the truth of God’s word and lived up to it. To live the life she lived, she needed to be fueled. She fueled with the word of God. Because only when we fuel up, we can out pour and bless others.
Now the proverbs 31 woman doesn’t seem to be a distant, ideal and fictional character that she is, does it? With the fear of God in our hearts and the word of God in our mind and mouths, we also can be the virtuous woman!