PROVERBS DAY #31: A PORTRAIT OF THE VIRTUOUS WIFE
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“Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is worth more than precious rubies. Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. She will not hinder him but help him all her life.” (Prov. 31:10-12).
At last, we come to one of the most well-known chapters in the Book of Proverbs – King Lemuel’s description of a virtuous wife. One of the things I like about the Bible is the value and dignity that it gives to women. Unlike many other world religions, women are not seen as being inferior to men. “In Christ’s family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ.” (Gal. 3:28, msg).
Of the virtuous woman King Lemuel writes: “Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!” (Prov. 31:28-29).
What a beautiful picture of honour given to this wife and mother. The Bible teaches children to honour and obey their parents. “Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first of the Ten Commandments that ends with a promise. And this is the promise: If you honor your father and mother, “you will live a long life, full of blessing.” (Eph. 6:1-3).
“Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the LORD will be greatly praised. Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.” (Prov. 31:30-31).
Finally, King Lemuel points out the fact that God sees things differently than the world sees. The world says that a woman must be charming and beautiful if she wants to be successful. But the Bible says charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last. More important than those two things is the inner beauty of a woman who fears the Lord. This kind of a woman will be rewarded and praised, both by the Lord and by her family.
At last, we come to the end of the Book of Proverbs. I hope that you have enjoyed this study in the book of wisdom. “And remember, it is a message to obey, not just to listen to. If you don’t obey, you are only fooling yourself. For if you just listen and don’t obey, it is like looking at your face in a mirror but doing nothing to improve your appearance. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you keep looking steadily into God’s perfect law — the law that sets you free — and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.” (James 1:22-25, nlt).
TODAY’S READING: PROVERBS CHAPTER THIRTY-ONE.
Pastor Chris Jordan