Don’t we all just love it when someone mentions the Proverbs 31 woman? Almost immediately most of our eyes just roll as we let out a little sarcastic chuckle. Recently, however, I decided to read this chapter again. Turns out, there are some very basic fundamentals we can learn from her. We don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to apply the basic truths I think this chapter is trying to get across to us.
I found 4 themes in this chapter:
- Her family is top priority!
- Her relationship with her husband is important.
- She has godly qualities.
- She helps her family financially.
The theme, “her family is top priority,” is covered in most of the verses. In fact, I counted 8 verses that talk about this: vs. 13 & 21 (prepares for her family food and clothing), vs. 14 (goes to great lengths to feed them well), vs. 15 (rises early to prepare food), vs. 17 (hard worker–strong), vs. 18 (puts in a long day of work), vs. 19. (makes clothes for her family), and vs. 27 (not lazy–a good home manager).
The theme regarding her relationship with her husband is mentioned 4 times (equal to the number of verses about her godly qualities). I wonder if that’s because when she is doing what the Bible says a wife should do, He honors that and it shows in her character. Here are those verses: vs. 11 (her husband can trust her), vs. 23 (she adds to his good name–she does nothing to embarrass him or bring him shame, but instead honor), vs. 28 (he calls her blessed), and vs. 28 (he praises her).
The theme, “godly qualities,” is mentioned 4 times. Those verses include: vs. 20 (helps poor/needy), vs. 25 (strength and honor–godly characteristics), vs. 26 (opens her mouth with wisdom and kindness), and vs. 30 (fears the Lord).
The theme, “helps family financially,” is mentioned 2 times. Those verses include: vs. 16 (investing/reinvesting–savvy with money), vs. 24 (makes and sells linen garments). Just a thought, this is mentioned just a quarter of the number of times that “family top priority” is. Hum . . . something to think about. It’s easy to let even our side businesses monopolize a huge chunk of our time each day. But I have found that when my family comes first, God multiplies my time when I am able to work on my side business. And by the way, couponing and bargain shopping are great ways to help the family finances.
Something else to note is that she takes care of her personal appearance too! Ouch…no sweat pants! She wears fine linen (silk) and purple (vs. 22). Actually, this one should encourage us…it’s okay to take care of YOU too!