Before reading this post, take a minute to read Proverbs 31:10-31.
Once you’ve done this, please continue here.
Not sure about you, but I feel completely inadequate as a woman when I read about the Proverbs 31 Woman. Thinking about trying to do all that she did overwhelms me. Of course, any woman who strives to be and do all of what she did is probably not just overwhelmed but worn out, tired and often frustrated.
So, if that’s you, stop. Even if just for a few minutes to read this study each week, just stop doing and take a few minutes to just be.
Many commentators actually believe that the woman described in Proverbs 31:10-31 is not actually a specific woman but instead describes the ideal woman, sort of a combination of all the positive attributes a woman should cultivate within herself.
We live under a delusion if we think we can do all this woman did. Yet, we are equally deluded if we fail to see value in her areas of focus for our own lives. Take note of the fact that many of the attributes found throughout Proverbs come together in the description of this ideal woman.
Proverbs begins with a call to fear the Lord (Proverbs 1:7) and ends with this picture of a woman who “fears the Lord” (Proverbs 31:30). This point really drives the focus of our study: When a woman fears the Lord, she becomes a wise woman who builds in every area of her life.
Instead of seeing the Proverbs 31 Woman as an impossible standard, let’s see her as an inspiration. In fact, instead of seeing any woman in a way that creates a weight of comparison, let’s see every woman as an inspiration. Let’s choose to rejoice in who these women are and what they inspire us to be.
Be inspired to build on the wonderful you that God created you to be, and in that inspiration, look at specific areas in your life in which you can build. Instead of looking at any other woman and seeing something you’re not, choose to rejoice in who she is and who you and what we all can become in Christ.
We will spend the next 2 months or so (one post a week, every Thursday) looking at the 7 focus areas represented in the above graphic. Our goal is to build within each of these areas as individuals, looking to each other for inspiration.
Homework: Read through Proverbs 31:10-31 at least one more time before next Thursday, and list all of the qualities and attributes you see in this woman. Put a check mark by the qualities you admire most. Spend some time thinking about why you admire those qualities.
If you feel so inclined, share the qualities you checked in the comment section below this post.
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