Scripture: Proverbs 31 (focus on v. 10-31)
Observation: A good wife loves and fears the Lord above all else. She’s trustworthy and determined, energetic and strong. Her family is taken care of through her hard work and love for the Lord. She has no fear of the future.
Application: What makes a wife a good one?
I like to think I have a few of the basics down – working hard (check), cooking (check), doing laundry (check). But then there are some others where I am woefully underqualified – cleaning (terrible at it), vacuuming (hate it), and ironing (literally don’t even know how to do it; when I’m in a pinch, I use my hair straightener as a makeshift iron.) Don’t judge. (Or do. I don’t judge you for judging that.)
When we talk about being a good wife, we so often resort to talking about what we do, when it really begins with who we are.
“… a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.” (v. 31)
This is how the writer of Proverbs describes a good wife:
- Trustworthy, enriching the lives of others (v. 11)
- Works hard for her family (v. 15)
- Energetic and strong (v. 17)
- Hardworking (v. 18)
- Helps those in need (v. 20)
- Fearless and prepared for the future (v. 21, 25)
- Shares wise words and kind instruction (v. 26)
Whether you’re a spouse or not, this list provides us with a guide for living a faithful life, committed to God and to those we love most. Based on that, where do you excel? Where do you have work to do?
And in these final words of Proverbs, we discover what wisdom produces in our lives: hard work. Energy. Strength. Helpfulness. Fearlessness. Generosity.
And those are worth chasing after.
“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” (v. 26)
Prayer: God, I invite your Spirit to live in me and produce every one of these good things. Help me keep my eyes and heart focused on you alone. Amen.