Since it was God breathed through King Solomon thousands of years ago, Proverbs 31 has been the utmost desire of God fearing women. It is most definitely one of the chapters in the Bible that most anyone has heard, even non-Christians. Though it has seen frequent usage, do we really ever digest what these verses mean? Do we apply them to our own lives? Do we know how to truly be a Proverbs 31 woman in 2017?
In order to truly understand what these verses mean, we must go to the original source. For this study in the weeks ahead there will be reference mainly to the direct interlinear translation of these verses, for the Interlinear Version of the Bible is the literal translation from the original Hebrew of the text. In addition the verses will be thought out into what it means to be this woman in today’s world.
“Who can find an able woman? For her value is far above jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, so that he has no lack of gain. She deals good with him, and not evil, all of the days of her life.” (Interlinear translation verses 10-11).
Let’s dive in and soak up all we can as sponges of this Word! The text begins asking where to find such a woman as what is about to be described. What kind of woman is able to be this woman? The beauty of it is all women are capable of this. This is not saying that every woman will always hit this mark perfectly, but the beauty of the Gospel is Christ makes up for our lacking. 1 John 1:7 says, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” The blood that Christ shed for us on the Cross makes up for where we lack. The beauty of the pain that was the cross is the love poured out for us that in our lacking, our sin, and our shortcomings, He is enough. In Christ every woman is able, for Christ enables us, “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13).
This woman is worth far more than jewels. Let’s chew on that for a moment too, this woman is worth more than the biggest rock Tiffany’s sells. She is worth more than all the money that can be used for those jewels. In a world that operates on money and greed and wealth and status, the character of this woman is far exceeding all of that. It is beautiful that right after it dives into the man that married her, for this is exactly the mindset a man should have regarding his wife. He should value God first and foremost and then his wife-far more than status or money.
Her husband trusts her. He has this unwavering faith in her, knowing full well that she is indeed a flawed human, but trusting in the content of her character. This isn’t dependent upon her marital status, but dependent on her own heart and soul. Single or married, the heart and character of a woman is based upon her own desires, aspirations, and spirit. It is not dependent on the box she checks of married or single. The verse continues that her husband, or really anyone around her, does not lack faith in her. She is a force to be reckoned with. She stands firm in beliefs and resolve. This is applicable in 2017 of the words chosen in speech. Speaking only to uplift or bring someone closer to God and the best version of themselves. This can be testing at times, but abstaining from perverse or condemning language funnels into the knowledge that if anyone spoke a false or disparaging word against this woman, no one would even believe it.
This woman brings good all the days of her life. She walks in grace with firm courage that the Creator of the Universe saves her and her life is in His hands. One of the lesser-known women of the Bible is Elizabeth. Elizabeth was the mother of John the Baptist, and one fireball for God. Her cousin was Mary, mother of Jesus. Elizabeth and her husband desperately desired a child, but into their later years remained childless. One day when her husband was praying, an angel stood before him and told him they would soon be expecting a son.
Elizabeth was a solid woman of faith; she believed God would do just as He promised-albeit her age. When it came to pass, her reaction is priceless, “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” (NIV Luke 1:45). The interlinear shares, “and blessed is she believing, because there will be a completion to the things spoken to her from the Lord.” (Interlinear Luke 1:45). Elizabeth rejoiced for she trusted God at His word, simply because of Who He is and His faithfulness. In her lifetime, she saw this miracle come to pass and His promise kept. But what is evident through her response after it happened was that she believed prior to it happening. Her gait was in in peace in His faithfulness. Her faith in God enabled her to be a blessing to her husband, her family, her cousin Mary, to everyone.
So where does this leave the woman of 2017? Simply put: faith. Fully acknowledging that indeed we are flawed human women born after the Fall, but also fully saved by Christ Himself. Knowing that faith in Christ will make us:
- Worthy (even more than Tiffany rings, girls!)
- Good in character and grace when following Him
- A blessing to all we know
So let us be like Elizabeth and rejoice! Rejoice in Christ and rejoice that with each day and with His help we are becoming this woman.
By: Cally Logan