Read: Proverbs 31
Key Verses: Proverbs 31:25-31. "She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness. Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!” Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.”
Devotional: We’ve all heard the phrase, “That guy married up.” It’s when a guy marries out of his league and above what he deserves. I’ve heard lots of people use this phrase when describing their wives. It’s certainly a compliment and deservingly so for many. Proverbs 31 takes this idea to another level when it describes God’s version of a woman of noble character.
These are the characteristics that God chooses for a woman of noble character. These stand in stark contrast to a society that emphasizes a wide variety of cheaper versions of success for women. The results of these characteristics are clearly mapped out as well.
I am certainly in the category of someone who “married up”. I’m blessed to have been partnered with a woman who carries herself with strength and dignity. She trusts that God is in control of our future. She speaks words of wisdom not only to me but to all she comes into contact with on a daily basis. She instructs with kindness to those who need counsel (she often has to explain things multiple times to me as well). She keeps a watchful eye on our household. She provides for me and our sons in a way that I am often shocked by. Her sacrifice and commitment to our success is unparalleled and often at the expense of her own desires.
To my wife I speak these words: “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!” Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
To you the reader I speak these words: Men, pursue a spouse who exemplifies the characteristics of Proverbs 31. Never allow the world to dictate what you value in your spouse. Women: pursue the qualities of a Proverbs 31 woman. Never settle for a man who doesn’t value what God says in valuable in you.
Take Action: Men: What are you valuing in your spouse? Does it match what God’s word says it should match? Have you been guilty of settling for the world’s definition of what a successful spouse looks like?
Women: What are you chasing? Do you value what God’s word says you should value in yourself? Have you been guilty of settling for the world’s definition of a successful woman? Have you settled for a potential spouse that doesn’t value what God values in you?
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