~ The Proverbs 31 Mother ~
A Godly woman is a precious thing in God’s eyes! Consider some aspects of such a woman described in the epilogue of the Book of Proverbs. This passage begins by noting how difficult it is to find such a woman. “Who can find?” (verse 10).
She Portrays Excellence in All Her Activities ~ She is an ideal person of wisdom and insight in all her activities. She is the person personified in much of Proverbs as wisdom and is here identified as “a virtuous woman” (verse 10).
She Works Hard on Behalf of Others ~ She not only works hard but has acquired significant skills along the way. She enjoys her work and finds fulfillment in her life. “She rises early” (verse 15).
She is a Frugal Shopper ~ What a remarkable description considering the treatment of women in the day in which Solomon wrote this! “She considers a field” (verse 16).
She Produces Quality Output ~ Perhaps she is an entrepreneur with a cottage industry. Maybe she home schools her children. Whatever her activities, she seems to be able to function effectively and independently. “Her output is good” (verse 18).
She is Caring and Compassionate ~ She not only cares for her family but finds time to care for and serve others who are less fortunate. She “gives to the poor” (verse 20).
She Contributes to the Family Financial Position ~ This is already seen in previous traits (such as her frugal shopping) but here the implication is greater than the example given of sewing. “She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies sashes for the merchants” (verse 24).
She has True Insight ~ Interesting in light of all the content in the Book of Proverbs about the use and misuse of speech that this woman knows how to choose her words carefully and fitly for the occasion. “Opens her mouth with wisdom” (v. 26).
And what is the end result? Her husband trusts her (verse 11). She has earned and receives praise and respect from not only her husband but also her children. She is truly blessed and fulfilled in her life. “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her” (verse 28).
This epilogue of Proverbs describes the ideal woman. What a challenge for all who would seek to be truly a woman of God!
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW