The 31st chapter of the Book of Proverbs changes the way we look at women in Old Testament times. The Proverbs 31 woman was not a second-class citizen. She was an equal partner to her loving husband, a cherished mother to her children, and a successful business woman. She was the wife of a prominent man, and she helped those less fortunate. She created a lovely home for her family, made them beautiful clothing, and prepared gourmet meals.
Was she some sort of a Biblical Superwoman? Not at all–she was a well-rounded woman who had a sense of priorities and still found time for herself. Although she lived three thousand years ago, the Proverbs 31 woman is a relevant role model for today’s woman.
Her priorities were God, her husband and children, the management of her household, the operation of her business, the welfare of those less fortunate, and her own needs. She sounds a lot like you and me!
At first glance, the Proverbs 31 woman’s standards appear to be too high for the average woman. But take a closer look: although she “had it all,” she didn’t have it all at once, she didn’t have it without help, and she had it in manageable proportions.
If being like the Proverbs 31 woman was impossible she wouldn’t be held up as a Biblical example, and it is never too late to be the woman you were meant to be!