3. God is the Owner of Our Reputations
For those of us who feel like we don’t measure up to the Proverbs 31 woman, verse 23 can be particularly daunting: “Her husband is respected at the city gate; where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.”
Sometimes, especially with the presence of social media in our lives, the life of a woman can often revert back to a high school popularity contest. Anyone who feels socially inferior can certainly relate to Psalm 31:11-13:
Because of all my enemies,
I am the utter contempt of my neighbors
and an object of dread to my closest friends—
those who see me on the street flee from me.
I am forgotten as though I were dead;
I have become like broken pottery.
For I hear many whispering,
“Terror on every side!”
They conspire against me
and plot to take my life.
One of the key stressors in the lives of women today is the felt obligation to please everyone around us, and for us to appear to have everything together.
And for goodness sake, we want to be liked.
The Proverbs 31 woman might sound like “Mrs. Popular” to those who struggle with their relationships or are having a reputational crisis. Or maybe unlike the Proverbs 31 woman, your husband is not respectable. Maybe he doesn’t treat you well. Maybe he won’t go to church with you. Maybe he doesn’t even know or love God.
And you fear these things reflect negatively on you.
However, be encouraged. There is actually good news in the verses immediately following the lament of the psalmist in verses 14 and 15: “But I trust in you, Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me.”
Even though a Psalm 31 woman may be wracked with fear about her reputation or her relationships, she also knows who is in control of these things and can restrain her enemies.
And you can know this, too.
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