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01/04–A Godly Woman (Proverbs 31:10-11, 20, 25-26)

Here is the portrait of an excellent wife. The standard of her character has been set so high that it is impossible to attain apart from God. Even those of her household struggle to attain it until its purpose is understood. In all areas of life she is the expression of the wisdom taught throughout Proverbs. Thus, while the book of Proverbs is written predominately for a cast of males its instruction is intended for alł people. Additionally, the profile put forth is an ideal of complete wisdom to which the faithful are willing to be molded. This excellent wife prefigured the excellence of the church, who is the bride of Christ (cf. Ephesians 5:25–27; Revelation 19:7–8).

This wisdom poem is an acrostic, in which each verse begins with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The intent is likely to show that this woman’s character runs the full range of excellence. From alpha to omega she is the portrait of wisdom. Thus, verse 10 indicates that the good wife is from the Lord (cf. 12:4; 18:22; 19:14) because her wisdom is from above. Her devotion is to the well-being of her house and household (vv. 11-13) and she contributes by her participation in outside economic concerns (vv. 14, 16, 18, 24). At the same time she makes her home the center of ministry by her generosity to the poor and her kindly instruction of her children and household workers (vv. 20 and 26). Because of her industrious nature her husband and children enjoy their station in life and praise her for it.

Like the natural characteristics this godly woman portrays in her home and community, so the church is to model godly wisdom in the world. This is not intended to be just a portrait of the good wife, as well it is an expression of the nature of Christ’s bride. As members of His church, we are to demonstrate the full range of wisdom by our industry, generosity, kindly instruction and influence toward one another (home) and in the world (community). As the world benefits from our wise participation in all its affairs it acknowledges God and seeks inclusion in His church in stead of separation from her.

Has the wisdom of God so permeated your nature that His love pervades all your activities? Is your ministry to others characterized by industry, generosity, and kindly instruction that cause them to acknowledge God and seek inclusion in His church? Is your ministry to others initiated at home then extended to your community? Remember, the godly woman is not just a portrait of the good wife; it is the expression of the church, Christ’s attractive bride. Who are you attracting by the demonstration of wisdom from the Lord?

3 Responses to 01/04–A Godly Woman (Proverbs 31:10-11, 20, 25-26)

  1. Frances Sanders (Moreno) / Reply

    January 5, 2016 at 10:51 am

    The type of wife and mother you are is extremely important because of the power you hold. The fact that you can either build your house up or tear it down is extremely powerful and shows how important your role is in the home. As a mother of seven and a wife I try my hardest to build my house up and I pray that the Lord gives me the strength to walk right with him and lead my household in his direction. I know my family is nothing without the Lord and the only way I can build up my home is to lead my family to the Lord.

    • Harvie Haynes / Reply

      January 5, 2016 at 5:35 pm

      Great insight Frances, my continued prayer is that you build your home on the solid rock, which is Jesus. You are certainly correct, without Him we all amount to nothing. Stay connected to Him and He will continue to direct your paths. Remember, twwh2 stands with you.

  2. Frances / Reply

    January 5, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Thank you Pastor Harvie

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