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Scripture Reading: Proverbs 12:4, 31:10, 29-30
In our final day in Proverbs, we will look at the noble wife. The verses for today say that she is her husband’s crown. She is worth far more than rubies. She exceeds all expectations of the noble woman. Now, whether you are married or single, I would gather all of us feel inferior to the Proverbs 31 woman. Am I right?!
But before you start feeling discouraged, read on. If you haven’t already, check out Amanda’s post on the Proverbs 31 woman from March 27th. Amanda writes that our P31 here should not be idolized or placed upon a pedestal. She points out that Mrs. P31 is only worthy of praise because of the Spirit inside her. And I agree wholeheartedly.
It is easy to look at who we are and what we do in order to gain self-worth. We look for our value in our accomplishments, our relationships or even in how many “likes” we get on Facebook or Instagram. But dear friend, please understand that those are only glimpses of what you see. You don’t see the crying child minutes before the picture of the happy family. Or the fight that happened only days before that romantic moment was shared on social media. It’s not reality.
Reality is understanding that we are not always noble but we are always loved. We are not perfect. And whether we are married or not, we all have work to do in our relationships. With our husbands, boyfriends, friends, mothers, sisters, children…
Mrs. P31 is described as being noble in her daily life but I assure you she and the women who model their lives after her didn’t start out that way. It took practice…in humility, honesty, self-control, etc. The topics that we have laid out for you this month encompass the areas where we all need growth. And if you’re like me, some posts may have stopped you in your tracks so that your only response could be a prayer. God, I need help here.
But the most important part of this passage is a simple phrase that is lost in a list of accomplishments. In verse 30, she simply feared the Lord. She was noble because she loved, respected and trusted God. You see, when we are fully His, we have nothing to prove.
I hope that truth lifts some weight off of your shoulders. I used to think that she was worth far more than rubies because her husband thought so but sister, we are worth more than rubies because God thinks so. We are jewels in His crown because we love, respect and trust Him. We are His treasure.
The church is often called the Bride of Christ and our responsibility is to be faithful to Him. Our mission is to (1) Love God and (2) Love others. So before you close out this post and go on about your day, I pray that you would think back over the month of Proverbs and ask God what you need to work on. What stood out to you? What moved your heart? What steps do you need to take to become more noble? More God-fearing?
Would you lift those things up with me in prayer right now?
Almighty God, thank you for being perfect so I don’t have to be. I fail at so many things but I know that when I do, you still love me. Thank you for the grace that you have given me in my shortcomings. And I pray that you would reveal to me the areas where I need to grow. Quiet my anxiety with peace and surround me with friends who will help me on my journey. And when I’m feeling worthless, God, please remind me of the crown that is on my head because I am Your daughter, a Princess in your kingdom. A Bride of Christ. Thank you for loving me and for accepting me. It’s in your wonderful Son’s name that we pray, Amen.