We have finally come to the end of the 21 week Proverbs 31 series! What an inspiration it has been to study this amazing woman who does not eat the bread of idleness! We have seen her diligence in every aspect of life – from caring for her husband, children, servants and even the poor. We’ve watched her rise early, stay up late, plant a vineyard, sew her own clothes, her family’s clothing, the tapestries and beddings! In the end, what does she get for all of her hard labor? A prize, trophy or plaque? No, she receives the praise of those around her declaring indeed she is rare.
Proverbs 31:28 says “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also and he praises her.” Her reward is the praise of her closest loved ones. And so we must ask:
Some may say, “Praise is not much of a reward.” But truly, how many wives do you know who long for their husband’s appreciation and acknowledgement of what they do. How many parents do you see struggling with the rebellion of their teens. The Proverbs 31 woman does not face these struggles. Wouldn’t you take the peace, love, and harmony of a warm cozy home over a free family vacation filled with strife?
Let’s switch gears, I have said many times on this blog “Who you are at home is who you really are.” But I want to add - you cannot be warm to those inside your home and cold to those outside your home and be like the Proverbs 31 woman.
Her character was clearly seen by those outside of her home. Verse 31 says: “Her works bring her praise at the city gate.” Not only is she praised by those inside her home, but now we see her being praised by those outside her home! Double bonus!