We all know that Proverbs 31 sets the bar really high on qualities that we should have. But have we dismissed this passage because we believe it’s outdated? There’s plenty of wording in the scripture that aren’t what we would consider modern or up-to-date. It’s easy to feel burdened, hurt, or even bitter about this passage if we apply a modern-day world view. But there’s our first problem, we cannot apply a worldly view to a Godly message. Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
After some studying and deep diving into this passage I learned a lot and I think it might help you to see how it actually does pertain to us. Right here, right now in 2018 and beyond.
If you’re new to the story or need a refresher here’s a few bits of info. Proverbs is written by Solomon. He’s the son of King David and inherited the throne. Now, is Solomon someone I want to tell me how to be a godly woman? Well at the end of his life he had 700 wives and 300 concubines (a woman who lives with a man but has lower status than his wife or wives). But at this point of his life, that’s when he had turned away from God and God punished him.
The Bible is God’s message. These are words inspired by God, not Solomon’s views on women. So please don’t take his sinful faults and put up a wall to the message that God has for us in Proverbs 31. But the full chapter 31 starts with the author saying that these are things his mother taught him.
You can easily find this scripture passage HERE or please just dig into your own bible.
- Trustworthy // verse 11-12
- Eager // verse 13
- Purposeful // verse 14
- Responsible // verse 15
- Conscientious // verse 16
- Physically capable // verse 17
- Disciplined // verse 18-19
- Considerate // verse 20
- Prepared // verse 21
- Tidy // verse 22
- Submissive // verse 23
- Humble // verse 24
- Strong// verse 25
- Wise & Kind // verse 26
- Proactive // verse 27
- Respected // verse 28-29
- God-fearing // verse 30
Wow. I’m not sure about you, but I would take any of these characteristics as a compliment. So most of us aren’t sewing our own garments nor bringing food from afar but you are grocery shopping and meal planning. You are picking up after your family and cleaning your home. You are loving your children and spouse and friends. You’ve thought about what friend just had a baby and how you might serve them. We considered someone’s allergy when picking up snacks for school. You continuously strain your body to pick up heavy children. You think ahead for events and meals and all the things.
Do you doubt that you’re a Proverbs 31 woman? I suggest we all stop doubting that we’re capable of reaching this biblical standard that we’ve placed on a pedestal. The verses 13:10-31 are titled “The Woman Who Fears the Lord”. That sums it up and we all need to proudly wear that crown. Daughter of a King, Woman Who Fears the Lord. Watch out world because when all these daughters believe that about themselves, we will be powerful mamas raising tiny hearts who also grow to love and fear the Lord.