The Proverbs 31 Woman-WOW!
As I look at the Proverbs 31 woman/wife, I see where I fail DAILY! I might forget to pack my boys lunch or remind them to brush their teeth? We might show up to school late or “right on time”. I am sure we can all see that right? But I also see a chapter that is about a wife of noble character, a woman of valor, a courageous woman, a woman of strength and dignity!
The very first chapter of Proverbs tells us it exists so we can gain wisdom, instruction, understanding, insight, knowledge, discretion and guidance. And it then goes on to remind us that as we receive and apply God’s commands, we will be able to understand how to find the knowledge of the Lord. Wisdom is both a gift from God and a process of learning.
Proverbs 31:30 reminds us of what is truly worth celebrating: “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” Let me remind you that it is not a woman with a spotless house who is to be praised. It’s not the mom with perfectly behaved children wearing matching designer outfits. Or the women who has no trash in her floorboard of her car, can I get a Amen!
It’s a woman who fears the Lord that is to be praised. This isn’t an, “I’m afraid of God” kind of fear. This is a type of fear relating to having a heart completely in admiration of God. It describes a woman who honors God by seeking Him in everything she does and says, in the way she lives and acts and trusting Him wholeheartedly with her life. She has a heart of reverence that overflows into a life of spiritual maturity and wisdom. I want that overflow from us all! In Jewish culture these verses are read out loud on the Sabbath as a celebration over the women. They are speaking lift into the women of their culture! .This is in no way condemning what they aren’t, but celebrating how they, in their own unique expressions, living out the virtues detailed in this chapter. These aren’t words meant to tell a us we are supposed to be More. They are a celebration of who we ARE. Isn’t that the way it should be? Courageous women celebrating each other and those they love celebrating them? All under the leading of honoring God, serving out of love and smiling at the future. I want us all to be these women!
If we take God at His Word and choose to believe these words hold good and pleasant things for us how much more powerful will we be? What if we challenge ourselves to look at Proverbs 31 closely, seeing what part of it is a gift to us and what verses we need to learn from? What if we speak these words over ourselves and the other women in our lives as a form of celebration instead of condemnation? What an amazing bond between women we would have! Let’s show our daughters, friends, sisters and even strangers how a true Proverbs 31 woman should walk, and that is in love!
Amy Wright, P31 Fitness Owner