Today we’re going to start a really fun series on that “Proverbs 31” woman who often seems so out of reach. The Bible says her worth is “far above rubies” because she’s really rare. Rare? No kidding! She has a lovely home, a fantastic marriage, and kids who rise up and honor her.
There are two things I want to examine as we start working our way through Proverbs 31.
- Does the woman described in Proverbs 31 even remotely apply to us, women in the twenty-first century? Perhaps this is one of those passages of Scripture that seems so culturally distant that we read it and say, “Mmm-hmmm… that was nice. No way that could ever work.” Or should we entertain the possibility that ALL of Scripture applies to us today, in our culture, even when it seems impossible?
- What steps can I take, however radical, to become a virtuous woman? How can I make this practical in my life and my home?
Before we go any further, I’d like to take a look at the word “virtuous.” E-Sword says this:
From H2342; probably a force, whether of men, means or other resources; an army, wealth, virtue, valor, strength: – able, activity, (+) army, band of men (soldiers), company, (great) forces, goods, host, might, power, riches, strength, strong, substance, train, (+) valiant (-ly), valour, virtuous (-ly), war, worthy (-ily).
So as I understand it, the author of Proverbs is asking, “Who can find a forceful woman, one of great valor and strength, one with the resources and means of an entire army?”
So this is no weak, wimpy, or washed-out woman! This is a strong woman, ready to do battle on earth against the forces of evil in the spiritual realms (see Ephesians 6:10-20). She’s ready to do battle, but she knows the unique way she can fight, not with conventional, feminist techniques, but in her home as a fabulous wife and mother.
Sometimes I get it in my mind that spiritual warfare is some lofty and amazing thing that only certain Christians can participate in. I don’t feel like doing dishes, changing diapers, decorating a bedroom, or reading a story to a toddler is “spiritual.” It’s too mundane and too boring. I just want to get those yucky tasks done with and over.
However, God’s Word is so refreshing to me. God says that my value as “just a wife” is greater than rubies and precious pearls. God says that a woman who is “just a wife” is stronger and more powerful than an army. God says that I can change the world, by being “just a wife.”
What are some tasks that you do that make you feel insignificant? How can God use those tasks for His kingdom?