Today I continued my study on Proverbs 31. On day 1 of my study (as posted about here – http://wp.me/pSiIC-4g) I did a basic overview and found that although Proverbs 31 is short is definitely loaded, and I knew almost instantly it was gonna day a few days or weeks (still not sure) to delve deep into the scriptures to see what God wants me to get out of it. So today I went back to the beginning and spent some time studying Vs10-15.
Starting at Proverbs 31: 10 – Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character
V10 – “A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies”
- In the notes my bible says that a “wife of nobel character” is a “woman who fears the Lord”. The reference section in my bible then sent me first to Proverbs 1:7 – ” The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline”. Ok so in order for me to be a wife of nobel character, I must then be a woman who fears the Lord. If the fear of the Lord comes from knowledge, wisdom, and discipline then I must use my own self discipline stay in prayer and in His Word to gain the knowledge and wisdom that the Lord wants me to have at any given time.
- Next Im sent to Proverbs 8:11 – “For wisdom is more precious than rubies and nothing you desire can compare to her” so this wisdom that I gain through knowledge, that itself is gained through my self-discipline of staying in prayer and in His Word is more precious than anything else the “world” can offer; nothing can compare.
- Then Im sent to Proverbs 18:22 where we see that “He who finds a good wife finds favor with the Lord”. So if I am a woman who fears the Lord, a wife of nobel character, who has discipline, knowledge, and wisdom only gained through the Lord then my husband too will find favor with the Lord. A man is to look for this woman but the woman is responsible to be THIS woman, constantly building her relationship with God to be the nobel wife He has called her to be.
V11 – “Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.”
- The verse I was sent to here made it ridiculously clear. Proverbs 12:4 “A wife of Noble Character is her husbands crown, but a disgraceful one is like decay in his bones” WOW so a noble wife is one whom her husband will be immensely proud of, something he’d speak highly of and honor greatly like the crown a king may wear on his head, but a disgraceful wife is a pain that weakens you like decaying on bones.
V12 – “She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.”
- In Proverbs 19:14 it says that “houses and wealth are inherited form parents, but a prudent wife is from the Lord” This is clearly also stated in Genesis 2:18 when “The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. i will make a helper suitable for him.'” His helper is his wife. She has her own role in their relationship and in their lives. By doing what she is supposed to do she will bring him good.
V13 – “She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands”
- This is the prelude to a few other verses in Proverbs 31. Such as V17, 18, 19, 21, 22, and 24.
- Flax as described in Exodus 25:4 is “bronze, purple, and scarlet yarn and fine linens”
V14 – “She is like the merchant ships, bring her food from afar.”
- This too is a prelude to a few other verses in Proverbs 31. Such as V16, 17, and 18.
- She is an enterprising person who works hard for her family in an appropriate way.
V15 – “She gets up while it is still dar; she provides food for her family…”
- She is the opposite of a sluggard. The sluggard is described in Proverbs 6:9-11 – “How long will you lay there you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of your hands to rest and poverty will come at you like a bandit” If your lazy like the sluggard you will bring your family down and cause “harm” not good like they talked about in Verse 12. A wife of noble character does not sit lazily at home while her husband works, she works too, in a way that is appropriate for a wife of noble character to work.
- Pertaining to my family, it is then my job to wake up early, and prepare coffee and food to nourish them throughout the day. To give them the necessary energy to do what God has called them to do that day. This also brings us back to verse 12 bringing “…good not harm, all the days of [my] life”
There was so much I covered today in my study in just 5 short verses. I can see that I need to humble myself beyond what the world around me tells me I need to do, and that I have a lot of work to do within myself. To build my discipline for my jobs that I am called to do, as well as to gain the knowledge and wisdom necessary to do that job. This will be hard, but I know that by keeping my communication open with God that He alone will help me accomplish what He wants for me.