Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30
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Many of us as women get a little aggravated, or should I say jealous, when we read about the Proverbs 31 woman. It seems she had it all together when it comes to each and every aspect of womanhood. Responsibilities and tasks are listed in the passage and every one of them displays her seeming balance and strength. But, did you ever read the passage to the end, or did you get frustrated and stop reading?
It say she “feared the Lord”. Notice not one of the other passages says she did everything perfectly or without bumps in the road. It doesn’t say her meals were delicious and never burned. It doesn’t say her hands and abilities delivered perfection. It just says she had willing hands. It simply states her intentions and her heart.
She wasn’t some superwoman, but she was pretty smart, perhaps smarter than the rest of us. She put her fear and trust in God. She tapped into His strength that is available to all of us. Her tasks and abilities didn’t give her balance. She received balance from God. In turn, she was able to care for and serve her family with perseverance and commitment. She saw the value of what she was doing and recognized that it was the most important job of all.
Instead of following in Eve’s footsteps and desiring to be her own god, the Proverbs 31 woman understood she would never make it on her own. She knew she needed to not only fear, but follow God. Her motivation That is where she has us beat, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. If we utilize this same truth and motivation, we can have the balance and strength to endure. We will stay on that narrow path that leads ourselves and or families to The Lord and His perfect will for our lives. Take a moment to read it again, this time with fresh eyes and an open heart:
The Woman Who Fears the Lord
10 An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. 11 The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. 12 She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. 13 She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. 14 She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. 15 She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens. 16 She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.17 She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. 18 She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night. 19 She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. 20 She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy. 21 She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet.22 She makes bed coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple. 23 Her husband is known in the gates when he sits among the elders of the land. 24 She makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant. 25 Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. 26 She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. 27 She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 28 Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 29 “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” 30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. 31 Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.