”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. She finds wool and flax and busily spins it. She is like a merchant’s ship; she brings her food from afar. She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls. She goes out to inspect a field and buys it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard. She is energetic and strong, a hard worker. She watches for bargains; her lights burn late into the night. Her hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twisting fiber. She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy. She has no fear of winter for her household because all of them have warm clothes. She quilts her own bedspreads. She dresses like royalty in gowns of finest cloth. Her husband is well known, for he sits in the council meeting with the other civic leaders. She makes belted linen garments and sashes to sell to the merchants. She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs with no fear of the future. When she speaks, her words are wise, and kindness is the rule when she gives instructions. She carefully watches all that goes on in her household and does not have to bear the consequences of laziness. 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!” 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. (Proverbs 31: 9-31)
Wow! Thats a tough order to cook up! This is the longest passage on a godly woman in the Bible. I have to laugh with you on this. Can you see it? Yes, we, as women, are definitely multi-taskers. Praise God that He has given us the ability to handle many aspects of our lives, and all at once. We are daughters, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, friends, co-workers, bosses, cooks, cleaners, teachers, counselors, secretaries, taxis, planners, nurses, financial analysts, and much, much more to everyone in our lives. We, as women, wear hundreds of hats. At first glance when you read this passage, you may tell yourself you are falling short in many of these areas, but look again. I would beg to differ. As you study this passage, think about all the things you do to maintain your home, families, friendships, jobs, church service, and more each and every day. You’ll amaze yourself on just how much you actually do.
What are the hats you juggle each week?
Because of everything you do for your family, friends, neighbors, and others, what are some of the honors that you will receive right here and now that you should feel good about?
Give up? Read the text above for the answers…
- “…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!” 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.”
What can you do this week to put these verses into use?