Oh how I wish I could emulate the Proverbs 31 woman, but so often I fall short.
Don’t we all? However, I have come to believe it’s not so much about being exactly like a Bible character, but rather using their example as a guide to Christian living. The Bible gives us many examples of Christian living. I could list many passages, but I picked just a few:
1 Peter 2:21-22
To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
“He committed no sin,
and no deceit was found in his mouth.”
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Obviously we will fall short, because we are not Jesus. But what is important is these verses are examples to follow, models of how to live.
So it is with Proverbs 31:10-31.This passage is giving us a lengthy example of how to live the Christian life. These examples are so important in a culture that does not provide godly examples. Without examples of how to live, we would fatter all the more.
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God;
may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
Can I be the Proverbs 31 woman? Doubtful.
Can I use her as an example to follow? Yes.
Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character
10 A 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.
Blessings on your day.
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