Have you ever worked in a job that you were not qualified for when you started? It is probably safe to say that all of us have entered a new job, a new role, a new position, or even marriage with some anxiety about what to expect. Entering the unknown requires the flexibility of being “teachable,” and a “quick study.” Job descriptions do not always prepare us for the responsibilities that are required. The role of a wife as described in Proverbs chapter 31 (a virtuous woman) is a bit different, it describes her character and heart with one constant thread through the verses – “Her Strength!” From verse 10 through the end of the chapter, unfolds a description of a strong woman who puts God’s wisdom into action in her life and through the work that she does to serve her family and others.
When I Google searched what does the virtuous woman mean, I found this: “In the Bible, Proverbs chapter 31 describes a virtuous woman as the one who leads her home with integrity, discipline, and more. All the virtues she is practicing are aimed at making the life of her husband better, teaching her children, and serving God.”
As a wife and mother, everything that I do is focused on my family. I strive to meet their needs and would drop everything in a heartbeat to help them. I am not always equipped for what is needed but I know that when faced with a crisis my God is always near. I do not have it all together like the woman in Proverbs but I can teach, I can pray, and I can love and be supportive knowing that it is not our strength that carries us through difficult times, but His. He provides for strength to work through our difficulties in marriage, wisdom to care for our children, patience in the workplace, and knowledge to solve difficult problems. Psalm 31:24 (CSB) says, “Be strong, and let your heart be courageous, all you who put your hope in the LORD.”
Thirty years ago when my husband and I were married, I would have told you that we could handle anything that life threw at us. Today, I will tell you that I was not prepared or qualified for the role that I was walking into. I am thankful for the “on the job training.” I am so thankful that God is loving and merciful and allows us to adapt and become teachable.
“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” Proverbs 31:25 (NIV)