Lesson Nine | Devotion #6: Proverbs 31 Woman
A-B-C Easy as 1-2-3
I love the cleverness in acrostics and acronyms. Songwriters use them, school teachers use them, we see them used in memes, plastered to refrigerators, and all over social media. Some popular acronyms I have seen are TGIF-Thank God It’s Friday, ASAP-As Soon As Possible, and one we see in Christian circles, GRACE-God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.
There are 22 verses in the last chapter of Proverbs that make up an alphabetical acrostic poem. What a fun and ingenious way to memorize and learn how to be virtuous. Today’s “World Changer” is The Proverbs 31 Woman. A good majority of you probably want to close the book on today’s devotion thinking, “I am not a woman; this is not for me,” or “I am never getting married, so this does not apply to me,” and even “This perfect woman is not real and this list is not achievable!” Please stay with me.
I believe that if you are a follower of Christ, then Proverbs 31 applies to you regardless of age, gender, marital status, or the number of children you may or may not have. The picture of this virtuous woman tells us she is faithful, diligent, kind, generous, strong, and more. Check it out for yourself in Proverbs 31:10-31.
“An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
14 She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.
15 She rises while it is yet night
and provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17 She dresses herself with strength
and makes her arms strong.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19 She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
20 She opens her hand to the poor
and reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
for all her household are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes bed coverings for herself;
her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates
when he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them;
she delivers sashes to the merchant.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 ‘Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.’
30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.”
This “list” should not overwhelm us. After all, these are character traits that are scattered all throughout the book of Proverbs, and actually throughout the entire Bible.
Look at verse 10. An excellent wife who can find? Well, if Jesus is the bridegroom and the Church (us) is the bride, well does that make us a wife? What I see here with the Proverbs 31 Woman is a call to holiness. Jesus is making ready His Church. Ephesians 5:27 says, “So that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.” We do not have an excuse for ungodliness. Jesus is coming, and He is coming for a glorious Church, a Church that is holy.
Do you want to be a “World Changer?” This is it. A-B-C, easy as 1-2-3. It includes reading, memorizing, and obeying the Word of God. Together, we the Church can further His Kingdom. We can help change the world.