I am giving this topic only a few minutes each day. Books have been written about the Proverbs 31 Woman. We are just skimming the surface.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.
26 When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness.
27 She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness.
(25)I love this stanza. Yesterday we saw that she was clothed with purple and fine linen. Today the more important clothing—she is clothed with strength and dignity. We want strength but we do not want any of the challenges that build strength. We want patience but we do not want to have it tried.
2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
Don’t run from struggle. Embrace it. Clothe yourself with strength and dignity. Dignity originally meant having an appreciation for what is right and good. Know what is right and do it even when it is difficult. Do what is right because it is right and do it right.
(26) Her words are wise. Do you store up wisdom in your heart? I can tell you it won’t be found in most of today’s sitcoms. Did you know there are 31 chapters in Proverbs. You can read a chapter a day and some of that collected wisdom will seep into your soul. God’s Word is wisdom and contains wisdom. If you gave 10% of the time you take watching television and devoted it to seeking wisdom, how would that change you and your world?
She gives instructions with kindness. Wow!! How do I give instructions? Are my words clear and gentle and kind? What kind of tone do I use? Could this verse be said of me.
(27) She watches the ways of her household—she manages her home and she is not lazy. Much of the time it almost takes more energy to be lazy than to simply jump in and do the work.
This is my favorite section. If we only took these few verses and sought to make them true of us, it would transform us and our homes. How about it?