Friday, September 16, 2011

Proverbs 31:10 - 21st Century Noble Character and Jewels!


I have done a lot of soul searching over the past several days in preparation for my first post about what it means to be a Proverbs 31 woman living in the 21st century.  I am using these books as my well as the Bible of course.

Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character

Proverbs 31:10

"A wife of noble character who can find, she is worth far more than rubies."

The story of the proverbs 31 woman was told to King Lemuel by his mother who gave to him a guide for choosing a righteous and Godly woman.

Proverbs 31 - NIV
Sayings of King Lemuel
1 The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.
2 Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb!
Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers!
3 Do not spend your strength[a] on women,
your vigor on those who ruin kings.
4 It is not for kings, Lemuel—
it is not for kings to drink wine,
not for rulers to crave beer,
5 lest they drink and forget what has been decreed,
and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
6 Let beer be for those who are perishing,
wine for those who are in anguish!
7 Let them drink and forget their poverty
and remember their misery no more.
8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
9 Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy.

First we must consider the source.  The woman writing this was a wise woman.  She had the best intentions for her son in mind and she knew that he must choose a noble woman for his wife in order for him to be a wise and righteous King and to help those in need. 

That says to me.  We ought to be woman of higher character.  We must stand out from other mothers and woman in our daily lives.  I don't mean that we put ourselves above these woman.  But I do mean that we don't follow the popular trends of the 21st Century; those that imply the woman as the head of the house, her husband as just another "child" to clean up after (as we see in commercials) and the children as even smarter than the parents....these among others have distorted the true calling of wives in the 21st century.  (Bridzillas???)

So for the 21st century woman we can translate this to mean that we should be held to a higher standard.  We should realize that we are a treasure in God's eyes and the jewel of our families.  We are precious to our husbands, children, and extended family. 

In other words....we can and should love ourselves in this way.  Not out of vain ambition or conceit, but we can have the confidence to know that we are dearly loved and important in so many ways to everyone around us that it is important to take care of ourselves as the precious child of God that we are. 

We are a treasure!


Over the next few days try to consider yourself a treasure to your husband.  You are worth so much to him.  In what ways are you a treasure to him?  How are you valuable?

What do you do on a daily basis to care for your home, what are your hobbies, how do you provide for your family, how do you help your husband, what do you wear that is different from other wives and mothers around general....What is different about your "lifestyle" that sets you apart from the "typical" 21st century wife?

Kisses and Hugs,

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