On this April Fool’s Day there is one thing that a good wife can do to avoid being called or even thought of as a fool. She can stand behind her man and be the best cheerleader ever!
I’ve read books and articles my whole married life. I have participated in so many Proverbs 31 Bible studies, I’m almost tempted to by a loom so I can make my own blankets so I can make it official. The perfect Proverbs 31 wife does that, right? She is the enthusiastic woman weaving and singing away because she is providing warmth for her family.
Does a good wife have to go to all that trouble in our day and time? Well, probably not. My biggest challenge is to keep my big mouth shut, but I’m just speaking for me. Maybe you struggle with some other issue. There’s probably not a perfect wife among us. We could all use a little refresher course in Proverbs 31. What is a virtuous woman? Well, that seems to be the opening question:
Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yer night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She strethcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children rise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates. – Proverbs 31:10-31
A virtuous woman is one who puts God first, husband second, children third. She is busy because she has a family to raise. She is wise enough to take a break and do something for herself once in a while, but she is faithful to her husband and dedicated to her LORD and to her family. There are three words that, if I remember right, were in my wedding vows: LOVE, HONOR AND CHERISH. Yes, that about covers the virtuous Proverbs 31 woman. ❤