Let’s look at today’s reading in Proverbs 31:27-31 and pray and ask the Lord to mold us into the woman He wants us to be:
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Verse 27 sums up the Proverbs 31 woman! She does not eat the bread of idleness!
We have seen her diligence in every aspect of life – from caring for her husband, children, and servants, to 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! And the cherry on top of all of this woman’s work is excellence!
Do you see how irreplaceable she is in her home? She is the one who is making everything run smoothly! It is her watchful eye and her diligence that makes her home a pleasant place.
The appearance of our home doesn’t lie. It is very clear when a home has been neglected. As we come to the close of this series, we must remember not to aim for perfection – but to aim for progress in this area.
In verses 28 & 29, her husband and children arise and praise her.
If your husband and children are not praising you right now – do not be discouraged!
Listen to this video as I explain these verses and how this principle should look in our homes.
(Side note: this was pre-recorded – I am not currently at this conference.)
This brings us to verse 30. The Proverbs 31 woman does not depend on her charm or beauty to get her by in life but rather her character. She fears the Lord and that makes her worthy of praise.
Her fear of the Lord is what makes her able to accomplish all she does over her lifetime because it causes her to take mastery over her sinful heart.
She cannot “eat the bread of idleness” and honor the Lord.
She cannot speak with gossip on her tongue and honor the Lord.
She cannot disrespect her husband and honor the Lord.
She cannot neglect her children and home –and honor the Lord.
She cannot ignore the cries of the poor and honor the Lord.
Instead, it is out of her fear of the Lord that she works diligently, speaks with wisdom, respects her husband, tends to her children, works hard in her home and extends a helping hand to the poor.
It is OUR fear of the Lord that should drive us to become this noble and excellent wife!
Money, praise, outer beauty, a home that looks like it popped out of a magazine, or kids with scholarships should not be what drives us to work hard in life.
The woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. (v 30)
So we come to the conclusion – Proverbs 31:31…
Not only is the Proverbs 31 woman praised by those inside her home, but now we see her being praised by those outside her home (v 31) at the city gate.
Do you think she wanted to be pitied for the mundane work she had done? Do you think she moped around imagining that the grass was greener for the lady down the road?
She had to wake very early to care for her loved ones.
She had to work very late at night to get all of sewing done.
She had to be exhausted!
I mean where are the spa days? The red carpet walks? Disney vacations? Or the raise with the corner office and bonus checks?
They are completely absent.
Her reward is praise and honor from those inside and outside the home and ultimately the Lord.
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 acknowledgment of what they do by their children and those outside the home?
Let’s not despise the mundane tasks of caring for our loved ones but instead choose joy in the midst of the mundane.
May we withstand the hardships of daily life and bring comfort, rest, love and joy to those in our home who are facing hardships as well.
“in all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”~Romans 8:37
Lean hard on God to give you strength throughout all the seasons of your life – single, married, with kids or no kids in the home – He loves you so and will never leave you nor forsake you!
As we complete this study, no matter what season we are in – married or single – may we all take one thing from this Proverbs 31 passage of scripture…
A woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. (v 30).
Let’s go forward committed to fearing the Lord, knowing His word and obeying it.
One way to live this out, could be to commit to reading through the Bible with us. All are welcome to join us anytime!
You can find the archives of our past studies on the Good Morning Girls Resources page. Join me for our fall Bible Study in the Book of Acts. It begins here on September 7th. Watch for more details to come soon! Don’t miss out!
Keep Walking with the King,
How has God worked in your life this week during out 5 day study of the Proverbs 31 Woman?
Will you be joining us for the Song of Solomon Study next week?
How about the Acts Study?
Commit today to fear the Lord, study His Word and obey it!