While these verses say the Proverbs 31 woman fears the Lord, it doesn’t give us much insight into what her spiritual life was like. The time that we spend with the Lord changes us, and taking time daily to be in Scripture, to pray, to worship, and to reflect on all that He has done and is doing is essential to keeping our souls healthy and alive. It is only when we are abiding in the Vine that we can bear fruit and thrive.
This passage is a beautiful and poetic depiction of a wise and noble woman, but it is not a prescription for us of how to be a woman. It is written to men as a guideline for what to look for in a wife, with the conclusion providing the only command given-- to “honor her for all that her hands have done.”
Women, let us look to Proverbs 31 as a celebration of this woman’s character. Let us be challenged by her heart behind her actions—a heart that desired to care for loved ones, provide, nurture, teach, and honor the Lord. Let us not hold ourselves to an unattainable standard of marriage, motherhood and homemaking, but instead fear the Lord in all that we do with gracious and boundless humility.
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Rachel Dawson is a writer of blogs, tweets, Facebook posts, daily journal entries and doodles. She blogs about her life and faith at www.racheladawson.com and as part of the Rethink Creative Group. She is always reading, whether it’s C.S. Lewis or Timothy Keller, Twitter, her study Bible, or vegan and gluten-free cookbooks. She wholeheartedly believes in having adventures, having passion, sending snail mail, and having complete faith in the Lord. Find her on Twitter here or check her out on Facebook.