For the month of May, we will be Praying Through The Proverbs. Unlike a Bible study, we will simply pray a few key Scriptures each day. We’ll concentrate on how these verses apply to our individual lives, and ask God to reveal to us if there is anything specific we need to repent of or work on. Today we finish our Proverbs study with Chapter 31.*
Today’s verses describe the most desirable woman/wife.
Key Verses in Chapter 31:
v.12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
v.23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
She does nothing to embarrass him, or hurt the household/family. She doesn’t do anything that would allow his friends or colleagues to ridicule or gossip about him…or her. (Think: acquire large debt, be unfaithful, etc.)
v.13 ….works with eager hands.
v.15 She gets up while it is still dark…
v.16 She considers the field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
v.17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
v.18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
v.21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household…
She is a hardworking, industrious woman who earns her own money, makes her own decisions. She works in the home, and outside the home. She is prepared; a good manager of the household.
v.20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
She is a good financial manager who makes good use of her time and money so she can give generously to the poor, and extend compassion to those in need.
v.22 …she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
She is well-dressed and takes pride in her appearance. It should go without saying she dresses modestly.
v.25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
Just as she presents a beautiful outward appearance, she has a strong, beautiful inner character. And she trusts God to help her deal with whatever may come.
v.26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She builds others up and shares her wisdom in a graceful and loving way….especially her own family.
v.27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
She knows what goes on in her household and tolerates no impropriety. Nor does she sit around doing nothing to contribute to the household. She understands home and family are equally or more important as her work outside the house.
v.28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.
v.29 “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”
Her children and husband all recognize her contributions and praise her for them. Verse 29 tells us her husband considers her to be the best wife he could hope for!
v.30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
While charm and looks have their advantages, a woman of godly virtue is more desirable than anything.
v.31 Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Her dedication and hard work speaks for itself and is deserving of praise.
Father God, I humbly enter this, my secret place, and acknowledge I am in the Presence of the One True God. Thank You for meeting me here. Forgive me so I can stand in Your Presence clean and holy.
Make me into a Proverbs 31 kind of woman.
Help me to be the loving, supportive wife You want me to be; a wife who shows her husband the respect he deserves as the head of our marriage. I never want to be an embarrassment or the cause for ridicule for him. You have blessed me with a hard-working man who values me and our family as much as I do. Help me never take that for granted.
Bless my work, Father. I want to contribute to our household not just for any money it may bring in, but because I enjoy working and helping others as much as taking care of my own family. I surrender my work to You; the fruits of my labor, and the desires of my heart. Equip and empower me for whatever work You would have me do. Open doors to where You would have me go. Build relationships that will serve Your purpose. Channel Your abundance through me in a manner that brings glory to Your Name. My utmost desire is to bring You glory, Father.
Show me Your vision for life and my work…then show me each next step to accomplishing those goals. Help me to exercise good time management, so I can make the best use of the time I have each day, balancing work and home responsibilities.
I pray these things in Jesus’ Name…