Throughout history, there have been many cultural examples of the ideal woman. Names like Cleopatra, Marilyn Monroe, Rosie the Riveter, Hillary Clinton and Madonna come to mind. Like it or not, there has always been a high-volume of propaganda stereotyping women and women’s roles. The need to be Serving, Sexy, Submissive, Slim, Subtle, and Sold out to one man is preached and proclaimed in large quantities.
Magazines like maxim, sports illustrated, and cosmopolitan disciple a generation of ladies and teach what they should wear, weigh, and eat. Music teaches women how they should behave, how to get attention, and how to please men.In a constant onslaught of lies and propaganda, there must be some solid source of truth to look to!
The bible indicates in James 1:23 that one who hears the word is like one who looks in a mirror.
This means we don’t just go to the word of God to see what God looks like, but to see ourselves rightly. We are created in the image of God. The Image of a Godly woman we see in the Bible is in Proverbs 31 and is described as “A virtuous wife.”
If the scripture declares that her wisdom is worth much more than rubies, we should all take a less from this woman – People that are virtuous and pure before the Lord and man. The greatest aspect of the proverbs 31 woman outside of her virtuosity is her significant amount of wisdom. While there is much for women to learn from this woman’s lifestyle, there are plenty ways of wisdom that both women AND men can glean from in her life. I’ve decided to compile 10 cross-gender wise-ways of this proverbs 31 woman for us to learn from!
1. She Serves (verse 12)
- The Proverbs 31 woman is revealed in verse 12 as a woman who serves. It states that she brings her husband good and NOT evil ALL the days of her life.
- Often, we feel the need to place ourselves as number one on the list, forsaking our spouse, children, friends, co-workers, employees, and so forth. This leads to bitterness, resentment, pride, and arrogance, which ultimately burns us out. If we are to learn anything from this wise woman, we should learn that servant-hood is the greatest role we can play in this life.
2. She Endures (verse 12)
- The second point of this verse is that she endures. This woman brings her family good and not harm ALL THE DAYS of her life.
- We live in a culture and time where both women and men leave their spouses, children, jobs, and churches on a moment’s notice because they deem it inconvenient or too hard to work through. The Proverbs 31 woman is a woman who endures all things as 1st Corinthians 13 shows us: Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
3. She Seeks (verse 13)
- Verse 13 shows us that this woman doesn’t just accept things the way they are but aims to make it better. Just as our biblical example sought wool and flax and worked with her hands in her time, people today seek education and resources for personal gain and growth. We shouldn’t just accept things the way they are, but we should SEEK out ways to grow!
4. She Works (verse 13)
- Many people would have us believe that every woman should stay at home to be effective. While staying at home is a great option, it should always be centered around the work needed in a home atmosphere. (budgeting, cleaning, cooking, taking care of children, etc. ) Whether it’s in the marketplace, or in the home, we should ALL aim to be willing workers as this woman is.
5. She Rises (verse 14)
WOAH! Can we be honest for a second? I HATE mornings. At least, I hate getting out of bed! There’s two things that I don’t understand: 1. Why anyone get’s out of bed, 2. Once they’re out of bed, why does anyone ever leave the shower? It’s great in there! But I’m getting carried away.
- This woman rose before the dawn! Many people in modern society have become sluggards and the scripture clearly warns against such behavior. Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, which, having no captain, overseer or ruler, provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest. – Proverbs 6:6-8
- This woman rose early in the dawn! Let’s not be lazy and waste our opportunities.
6. She Feeds (Verse 15)
- This verse shows that the proverbs 31 woman was concerned with the health and well-being of her family. She provided breakfast and nutrition for them, knowing that it would impact her husband’s performance at work, her children’s performance in schooling, and hers as well throughout the day. How we invest in our families both in material ways, and spiritual ways makes a HUGE difference!
- This also speaks of our spiritual calling to make disciples, feeding our spiritual children with the word of God. Go feed somebody something today! And Something GOOD!
7. She Invests (Verse 16)
- When our example bought and sold, she didn’t squander her resources but, instead, planted a vineyard.
- This shows us we should invest our time, money, and resources in tomorrow, looking forward to a harvest be-it through financial investing, planting, or teaching. Let’s invest as she does!
8. She Perceives (Verse 18)
- As we grow in wisdom, we ought to grow in perception. To perceive means to: become aware of, know, or identify; to recognize, discern, envision, or understand. Many parents and spouses have no perceiving capabilities whatsoever when it comes to dealing with family, finances, temptation, etc.
- I pray that we would be a people who perceive what God is doing in every situation in our life, and how to respond!
9. She Gives (Verse 20)
- When the proverbs 31 woman “reaches out her hands to the needy” she is loved by God greatly! The word says in 2 Cor. 9:7, that God LOVES a cheerful giver!
- We should aim to operate in this very-precious wisdom called cheerful giving, knowing that if we give, it will be given back to us!
10. She Protects (Verse 22)
- Just as she makes clothes for her household, which comforts them in winter, a proverbs 31 woman protects her family from any potential harm.
- This looks like clothing your children, coming to their defense, placing restrictions on their internet usage, forbidding poor dating choices, teaching them the word of God, and so on and so forth. Let’s clothe our households and protect them!
- It goes on to say in verse 27 that she WATCHES over the ways of her household. To watch and protect is a supreme act of wisdom!
What an Example! We should all aim to grow into the maturity that this wonderful woman of God demonstrates. Ladies can glean from her life in many literal ways, and so can gentleman. Let’s set the bar high and ask God for the Grace to make a Huge Difference as this woman did!
What Do you think? How do you feel about these points of wisdom? Anything else you can see from her life that we should take into consideration!? How do YOU do in the mornings!? Haha. Leave a comment in the section below and share this article to bless others!
9.woman! Peopltht nd man. The greatest aspect of the proverbs 31 woman outside of her virtuosity is her significant amount of wisdom. Much can be learned from this woman. Whenever we see the Proverbs 31 woman, we see wisdom!