If you missed last week's post, you may want to click over and read it. I shared a valuable guest post from a lovely newlywed on the hardest lesson she had to learn as a new wife!
Today I want to introduce a new series for wives (and future wives) based on the ideal wife of Proverbs 31. Often men talk about models of cars they admire and long to possess. You may hear them kick around terms like F15, MX-5, Z4, or 280Z. So, we are going to kick around our own model number -- P31! That's going to be our code name for the virtuous woman of Proverbs 31, which I hope we are all aspiring to become! :)
Wait! Don't roll your eyes or close your browser! I know it seems that the Proverbs 31 woman is too perfect and too out of reach for the average woman today! But, I want to show you that it is possible with God's help for each of us to become a Model P31!
Perhaps it will help if you realize that it wasn't a man who gave us this description of the ideal wife -- it was a woman! This woman was the wise mother of a young prince who would one day be king! After teaching him some important lessons about leadership in verses 1-9, she taught him the characteristics of the type of wife he should seek in verses 10-31. Because he was still a lad, she organized the list of qualities to look for in a wife into an acrostic poem based on the Hebrew alphabet. That means that each line of this section of Scripture begins with one of the 22 consecutive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. This format made it easier to memorize and recite these instructions. So, in other words, what we have here are the ABC's of Godly Womanhood!
While the virtuous woman of Proverbs 31 may seem larger than life and impossible to live out, God made sure that the Scriptures prove otherwise. First of all, we have a real life example of the virtuous woman in Ruth (Ruth 3:11). Secondly, we are told that a virtuous woman is a crown to her husband (Proverbs 12:4), and that many daughters have lived virtuously (Proverbs 31:29). So, we can be assured that the virtuous life of the Model P31 is not a photo-shopped image that we can never reach, but a real life goal to shoot for!
Perhaps the secret to understanding this excellent wife is that realizing while our day to day lives may not look exactly like hers, we can all learn from her spiritual and practical wisdom and her strength of character. It's not so much what she does, but who she is!
There is no need to feel defeated when we look at the description of her life in this passage, because this is not a page torn out of her planner! Most certainly this was not a description of one day's activity, but more an overview of her life through many seasons. I love what Edith Schaeffer says about the Proverbs 31 woman, "Certainly all the admirable things written about this woman did not take place in one year. It seems to me it is a summary of the great diversity of accomplishments and results of her work and imagination and talents over a long period of time." (from Common Sense Christian Living, by Edith Schaeffer)
Hopefully, this introduction to the virtuous wife has reassured you that you (yes, you!) can become a woman of excellence and virtue, just like the highly esteemed woman of Proverbs 31! Please join me each Monday for the next 22 weeks as we examine the character and wisdom of this noble woman and learn how we, too, can become a Model P31!
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