Wednesdays In The Word:
Proverbs 31:22 “She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.”
It’s Week 14 of our Proverbs 31 Series
. So far we have seen that the Proverbs 31 woman rises early, works eagerly, works vigorously, shops wisely, even in the evenings she is extremely productive, she extends her beautiful hands to the poor and she is prepared for every season.
Today we will see that her clothing is a reflection of her character. After taking special care of her family and household she does not get lazy with her own appearance. But she takes special care to sew herself garments of fine linen and purple.
This fine linen and purple suggests a touch of elegance and class but not excessiveness because remember she couldn’t run out to the mall to shop, she was a seamstress so she would have sewn her own clothing.
This detail about her clothing comes last, after a long list of many other tasks she accomplishes. She put her needs last. If she were selfish it would not be beautiful. And remember that this is King Lemuel’s Mother telling him what sort of woman he should look for to be his queen. So before we quickly plan a trip to Ann Taylor, we must assess how well we are doing covering the needs of our family first.
On the flip side, there is no virtue in plainness – if that is your personality – I don’t fault you but it is not more virtuous than trying to be attractive. Sometimes as a knee jerk reaction to this world, we may want to say that any attempts at beauty is sinful but that is not the case with the Proverbs 31 woman. She made everything from her home to her clothing, appealing to the eye. She knew that how she decorated her home and what she wore was a reflection of her husband and children. And though she made everyone else her first priority, when she did finally find time for herself she did not slack off.
She was not immodest nor trying to draw attention to herself, rather the Proverbs 31 woman was able to find the delicate balance of being classy with I Peter 3:3-4 which says “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit which is of great worth in God’s sight.”
Is your home well cared for, your finances in order, your family well fed, have you reached out to the poor? As you spring shop for the family – don’t forget to purchase yourself a classy purple blouse! I don’t believe I’ve ever encouraged my readers to go shopping at the end of the blog post before – but it’s in the passage right lol! Let your purple shirt be symbolic of the inner beauty of the Proverbs 31 woman you are striving for.
Walk with the King!
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