Welcome back! 🌼 I am very happy that you’re here 🙂
Because today, we’re going to dip our toes in the very first sentences of Proverbs 31. It’s my wish to you that these Words help you become inspired to be the woman you’ve always wanted to be in Christ 💕 I know that’s certainly the goal for me!
The Wife of Noble Character
The NIV (easily found here) titles this section The Wife of Noble Character. Different translations add more value to our understanding of what the Proverbs 31 woman is all about:
- The Wife of Noble Character (NIV)
- The Woman Who Fears the Lord (ESV)
- Hymn to a Good Wife (MSG)
- The Good Wife (ICB)
- A Woman of Valor (TLV)
Wife or Woman?
Though Proverbs 31 speaks of a wife and mother in her household, this inspired Word of God isn’t only meant for wives. Every woman can benefit from the advice and motivation given in Proverbs 31.
You are still a woman seeking God’s Word, and you still live in a household. It may look different than a house with a husband and kids, but you still live somewhere, right? The details do not matter. What matters is following the sound advice in Proverbs 31 🙂
A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
I read a book called Stoned, about gems and jewels and their value. In its simplest form, a gem is valuable when it is rare. Scarcity is what makes something valuable.
And I bring this up because sometimes it can feel like we’re alone in our devoted following of Christ. What is popular is much different than what is valuable to us Christian women. And it is our values and our desire to follow God’s Word that makes our worth far more than rubies.
If you feel a bit lonely seeking the advice of God, don’t worry ~ that makes you more valuable than rubies! 🙂
Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
What does it take for someone to have full confidence in you? Not just your husband, but your family, your friends, your coworkers? For someone to have full confidence in you, they must rest assured that you are honest, trustworthy, and reliable.
And those are the true valuable things in life. This verse doesn’t speak of gold watches or expensive cars. No, what’s valuable is the trust, honesty, and reliability that build strong relationships in life.
TIP: Make a list of all the behaviors that give you full confidence in people. Such as:
They are honest
Always there for me
Then: Make a list of all the behaviors you can adopt to help others have full confidence IN YOU.
With our list, we can have a more clear understanding of what it means for our husbands (or friends/family/coworkers) to have full confidence in us, and lack nothing of value.
See? That was easy 🙂 We’ll take on a few more lines of the Proverbs 31 woman next week. I hope to see you there!