Today we bring to close our 31 Day Bible Study Challenge with a discussion of the Proverbs 31 woman. In the last chapter of Proverbs verse 10-31, we read the description of a virtuous woman.
Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband safely trusts her; So he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good and not evil all the days of her life.
She seeks wool and flax, And willingly works with her hands.
She is like the merchant ships, She brings her food from afar.
She also rises while it is yet night, and provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants. She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard. She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms. She perceives that her merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out by night. She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her hand holds the spindle. 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. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies sashes for the merchants. 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. She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. 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.” Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates. Provers 31:10-31
This passage discusses the many roles that a woman fulfills in her life from working, shopping, cooking for a family, managing money, clothing her family, running a business, and managing the household. So what makes the Proverbs 31 woman virtuous? She did what most women do. But if we look closely at this passage, we read all she did, but we also read the attitude and heart she portrayed. She was trusted, willing to work with her hands, smart, strong, kind, mindful of the needy, not afraid, mindful to take care of herself, honorable, and wise. Most important, she feared God. ‘Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.’ Provers 31:30
Regardless of what position a woman holds – married, single or widowed, she can aspire to have a Proverbs 31 heart and be a woman of great virtue. May we as women remember that our focus should always be on who we are and not what we do. And let us always remember, who we are is God’s. May we please Him in all we do.
Thank you so much for joining me for this 31 Day Bible Study Challenge. It has been such a blessing to me to be studying about these faithful women for this month. I hope that you have been blessed by this study. I want to give special thanks to all my guest bloggers on this series, Leora Loftis, Cecily Lusk and Lisa West. I’m not sure I could have completed this task without their help. And thanks to all my followers, seeing the likes and comments kept me motivated. Blessings to you all.
Until next time