This is the last post in my series on the Proverbs 31 woman, and today we will be taking a closer look at verses 25-31.
Something interesting to note, verses 10-31 of Proverbs 31 are an acrostic poem, each beginning with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Remember making an acrostic out of the letters of your name in grade school? “M – Magnificent! E – Eclectic. L – Loveable.” Ok, mine were more like “M – Morose. E – Enigmatic…” I was a weird kid. It definitely changes the context a bit when you think about grasping for adjectives that started with the more obscure letters in your name. The Proverbs 31 woman is an inspiration, not a real person. This is what we strive for, but no one is perfect.
She Laughs without fear.
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. Proverbs 31:25
Another version of this verse says, “She laughs without fear of the future.” Confident. Strong. I want to be her when I grow up.
She doesn’t lay awake at night worrying. She lives intentionally, so she knows she has done all she can to set her family up for a successful future. She has faith for the rest.
Speaking wisdom in kindness.
When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. Proverbs 31:26 NLV
Now, I definitely feel like I have gained some wisdom in my years of trial and error. But do I dole that wise advice out with kindness? Um, not always. And do I only speak up when I have real wisdom on the subject? We will just add that one to my list of goals.
Turn off the TV.
She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Proverbs 31:27
As a wife and or mother, our job is to make sure our whole household is running smoothly. The Proverbs 31 woman isn’t spending a lot of time in front of the TV on Netflix marathons, glass of wine in hand (cough not that I EVER do that). She isn’t putting off throwing in a load of laundry, or ordering pizza instead of making dinner. Does she ever order pizza? Sure, but it isn’t because she didn’t plan ahead for dinner, its because they have money in their eating out envelope.
Personally, the TV is a huge time waster for me. Am I a lazy person? No, not at all. But the minute that TV comes on, I am suddenly sitting on the couch. Oh, I can take a break for a few minutes. Two hours and 3 episodes of Criminal Minds later, I am ordering pizza because I didn’t get dinner prepped in time.
A woman who fears the Lord will be praised.
In verses 28-31 the Proverbs 31 woman is praised by her husband and children.
Many women do noble things, but your surpass them all. Proverbs 31:29
I know that my husband loves me, but does he feel that I am the most capable, and noble woman in the world? He might, but I’m not sure how justified that is. This is just another reminder to me to start acting intentionally towards my husband.
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30
You might be witty, you might be likeable. Maybe you have a knack for putting an outfit together, and always look like a million bucks. Maybe you have a beautiful home that looks like it was torn from the pages of a magazine. None of that stuff is of any eternal value. At the heart of this entire chapter, and the core of the Proverbs 31 woman, is a healthy, personal relationship with Jesus Christ. If you do not intentionally nurture that relationship, nothing else matters.
In conclusion …
I hope this look into Proverbs 31 has been as interesting for you as it has been for me. I have often heard this chapter taught as a mandate for women to measure up to, but now I feel like it is the story of a strong, capable woman that I aspire to be more like. I came away from this study feeling inspired and energized to start living as a woman of intention.
In this day and age it is hard to find role models that our daughters can look up to. I want my daughter to grow up to be smart, strong, independent, and a champion for doing the right thing. I think the Proverbs 31 Woman beautifully embodies those traits, and my daughter and I will be reading this passage together a lot more often.
So, what did you think? What have you taken away from this series?