For this series I am going to put up a post at the end of each month until I am done looking at the Proverbs 31 Lady, because her passage appears at the end of Proverbs and if you’re reading a Proverb a day, you get to read about this lady at the end of each long month.
So, who is this Proverbs 31 Lady, anyway? First, she is a picture of the Church in relation to her Lord Jesus Christ. So, all that she does is aimed ultimately at honoring the Lord. Practically speaking, the Proverbs 31 Lady is a strong woman. She is confident, a person who knows who she is. She is also ministry-minded, using her strengths and her talents in ministry to her household, and someone that God holds in high regard.
She is a woman of character and of great worth because of her character:
Proverbs 31:10 “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.” [Rubies = pearls]
She is worthy of her husband’s trust, and a good steward of their resources:
Proverbs 31:11 “The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.”
“No need of spoil” means “does not lack profit or gain.” In other words, this woman is not wasteful of what they have as a family. She does not squander their resources, so her husband is free to trust her completely and has no need to worry and no need to work extra to make ends meet. She runs a tight ship.
A wise husband will give this woman free reign similar to what Pharaoh did with Joseph (Genesis 41:40-45). He won’t be intimidated by her strengths as an individual. Instead, he’ll recognize those strengths and praise her for them. Any man who runs around treating his wife like a doormat because he thinks it makes him more of a man is both insecure and stupid.