Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but a woman who loves the Lord is to be praised. (Proverbs 31:30)
Ah… Such a timeless Chapter- Proverbs 31.
Often referred to, but how do we really incorporate the principles taught here into our lives? For me- there is definitely an opportunity to make this my mantra! In fact…I think that can be true for most of us.
When I think of the woman described here, this… “Proverb 31 woman”, I think: Martha Stewart (prior to the stripes) meets Mother Theresa meets Suze Orman meets Coco Channel. Seriously! This Proverbs 31 woman has all her Ducks in a row. So much so, she is said to be ‘more valuable than rubies’ (Proverb 31:10). This is who many of us aspire to be. I’m no exception!
Some important attributes, of this “Proverbs 31″, woman worth mentioning are that she is:
v11- trusted by her husband (her character)
v12- honest in action
v14- savvy/purposeful in action
v15- responsible/considerate of others
v16- strategic/savvy in business
v17- physically strong/hardworking
v22- maintains her physical beauty/beautifully adorned
v23- married to a prominent leader/ supportive helpmate
v25- strong and honorable character
v26- wise and kind
v27- maintains her home
v28- inspirational mother/Loved wife
What I find interesting, is that her beauty is found in all areas of her life. As a result of her character, she is renowned! She is not merely a fashionista- draped in fine linen, yet sports a heart of steel. Neither is she a saint clothed in rags. Rather, she is a Godly woman of character who turns her attention and efforts to the details. She is a woman who is confident and purposeful in her roles as: mother, wife, leader.
It is difficult to even imagine what her days and nights were like. What drove her? Why did she work so hard? Her husband was “known in the gates” (Prov 31:23). She was probably a woman of means. She had help. Yet she maintained a servant’s heart. Man! It is as if, in all areas of her life, she sought to “… Work heartily as unto the Lord” (Col 3:23-24).
Now it’s tempting to compare ourselves to the woman described in Proverbs 31. But that would be missing the point. The point of this Chapter is not to make us feel inadequate as we compare ourselves to sheer perfection. Rather it is to point out how she was diligent and purposeful in her efforts. She sought to serve others and satisfy needs.
Quoting Dr. Tony Evans, “The Proverbs 31 woman is not a model of a perfect woman. She is the model of a committed woman under God.”