Well, we have made it! Most of us finished chapter 31 on the 31st day of January and congrats to them! I am aspiring to be those people who manage everything so well they can be on time with deadlines lol. None the less I made it to day 31. It’s always good to finish even with set backs. To finish the race, no matter what, no matter how tough, no matter what obstacles… finish the race for God’s glory, for other’s to be blessed, and for self-growth. Here we go. Last day of January but posted on the 4th day of February. Hey! No judgement zone.
Chapter 31. This chapter gets a lot of attention. For good reason it’s one of the famous chapters in the bible, especially amongst women. There are books and groups and ministries all named or subject based on this chapter of Proverbs. I love this chapter. I’ve read there are women who actually don’t like this chapter. Strange. Well many don’t know that Proverbs 31 is written by King Lemuel to his son. He is sharing advice his mother gave him on women and what qualities to look for in a wife. I want to share this chapter with my son one day as well. Now it is misconceived by some, that this chapter is a check off list every single woman should have and use in order to be a godly wife. Wrong! Wrong again! Still wrong! This chapter is not a check off sheet. It is impossible to hold every line of this chapter in a single woman all of the time, every single moment of the day. I don’t believe it was intended to make women feel bad. I believe it is a guide for sons to use, but encouragement for daughters when becoming wives. It was made with a son in mind when searching for a wife. I believe women should treasure this chapter. It is encouragement and motivation. “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.” verse 8. That is encouragement to do what is right and be an advocate for those who cannot speak or who are being wronged. Later in chapter 31 the advice turns to attributes to look for in a wife and what to treasure in a woman. It does not say to only marry a woman who does all of these things, all of the time, and is of this particular character. We should look at the Virtuous Wife as a goal or motivation. We should read the lines knowing we will never fulfill them completely but we can aim for those attributes. The Virtuous Wife makes me want to be better, not perfect, but better than I am now. What is sin? Sin is considered missing the mark. Well we will sin and we won’t be as perfect as the Virtuous Wife, because we are human and “she” is made up examples. We can use these examples and encourage ourselves to be the best we can be. We can be filled by the words and aim for them as goals. But most importantly we should be encouraged and take the wisdom Proverbs 31 gives: “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” Wisdom in verse 25. Take the wisdom from the lines of this chapter. Set goals and aim to be a virtuous wife. But do not aim to be THE virtuous wife. You cannot be all of it at once, but you can be parts of it and set the goals this chapter motivates you to be.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for bringing us wisdom from your word throughout our time in Proverbs. Let us remember everything you said to us through these chapters. Help us to live by the lessons and not be on the fools path. We want to honor you and be apart of the wise. I want to lift up each person who took notes and asked for help during these chapters. Because of Jesus we have hope in changing who we are into being more like Christ. Please bless our 2015 year for growth, wisdom, a close relationship with you, and to be a blessing to others. We love you and thank you for loving us. In Jesus name. Amen.