#Proverbs – Chapter 31: The Wife of Noble Character

Scripture: Proverbs 31:10-31

10A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. 11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. 12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. 13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. 14She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. 15She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants. 16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. 17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.18She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. 19In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. 20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. 21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. 22She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. 23Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. 24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. 25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. 26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. 27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 29 “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” 30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. 31 Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Observation:
Recently I was given an assignment to write about a person from the Bible that I admired or identified with. I have been reading Proverbs for 31days now and am finishing the last chapter and found the passage about a wife of noble character (written above). I admire and strive to become a woman such as this.

God has given us an outline on how to be a wife of noble character. These are goals to work towards achieving. I have highlighted the ones that stood out to me. I challenge you to read, pray and make your own goal list from the passage above. What will your list include? Write it in your journal and review it frequently. We are not perfect but we can strive to become more of what God desire us to be by following his leading and instruction.

Application:

My list of job responsibilities to be a godly wife and mother includes:

v  Be supportive of my spouse that he has full confidence in me.


v  Bring my spouse and family good, not harm, all the days of my life.


v  Work with eager hands.


v  Set about my work vigorously and complete my tasks.


v  Don’t let my lamp go out! (So often I don’t take the time to recharge my batteries physically, mentally or spiritually. You cannot overflow to others if you’re not full!)


v  Open my arms to the poor and extend my hand to the needy.


v  Have strength and dignity in every situation that I find myself in. Be a shining example of God’s love for others through my attitude and behavior choices.


v  Laugh!!!!


v  Don’t worry about the days to come. They belong to the Lord and are in His control. Worrying doesn’t do anything!


v  Watch over the affairs of my family.


v  Do not eat the bread of idleness.


v  Fear the Lord and obey His commands.

Charm is deceptive, beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Prayer:
Lord, may it be said that my children and husband considered themselves blessed by my words, actions, behavior and influence. Not for my vanity but because they have seen You through me and have been uplifted and guided to Your love because of my obedience and love for you.

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