The Proverbs 31 Woman! The Virtuous Woman!! The Perfect Wife!!!
“Every” Christian woman if I may say has at one point or the other dreamt of being a virtuous woman. Some have been tagged Virtuous women and some call themselves so too. OKAY, ME TOO!!! In fact, I dreamt of it, prayed to be one and even worked towards being one but despite all these, I AM NOT ONE. So before you label me a Virtuous woman, hear me out and you too before you say what you should not say, read till the end.
For every time I read Proverbs 31, I never paid attention to verse 10. Maybe because I was so familiar with the phrase and could almost recite it off-hand. I had never read in between the lines and taken my time to understand who she was. Hence, my desire and prayer to be her. Recently, while I read it, I discovered that it was a question which the very wise King Solomon asked and then went on to answer for himself. Looking at the detailed description of this virtuous woman (perfect woman), I remembered my Dad’s message to my husband and I when we had our introduction. Though miles away, distance was not a barrier to pass across this all important message to us. (Thank God for Skype)
Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies. (NLT)
A competent wife, how does one find her? Her value is far above pearls. (CEB)
How hard it is to find the perfect wife. She is worth far more than jewels. (ERV)
A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds. (MSG)
More than Rubies and Diamonds were used to define the quality of this woman. These are hard minerals. Listed among the natural gems, their hardness are in the ranges of 9.0 and 10 respectively. Wow!!! These are very expensive minerals indeed. They can withstand every painful treatment and enhancement. Hmmm, can I bear such heat without complaining or even saying “issshhh”?
King Solomon goes on to describe this woman from verses 11-29 and I am dazed at the detailed description. Well bringing it back home; looking at myself in the mirror I asked myself from each verse if I meet up to it and oh my, truthfully and sincerely from the depth of my heart, I am so very very far from meeting up.
I ask myself, this questions:
- Didn’t this woman have off days? She works so late and wakes up early. I would have fallen sick from exhaustion and stress.
- She doesn’t worry during cold season because every one is prepared well for it. How many times have rain beaten my husband and I because I didn’t remember to put Umbrella in the car?
- When she buys a land, she plants a vineyard. Me that hate earthworms, how will I survive running a garden not to talk of a vineyard?
- She is strong and able to do all her work. Hmmm, My husband helps me oooo. In fact, there are somethings, he wont allow me do because I don’t have the strength to do it.
- What? She is a seamstress, a business woman, a cook, a gardener, a landlady, a helper, an accountant, a teacher, a home maker, and so on and she is serving all these duties FULL TIME. Huh??!!! God help me. I’m sorry, that’s all I can say.
- So she didn’t ask for help? Not me. I can ask for help for Africa. Especially from my husband.
- Did she ever sit down with her husband to watch TV or gist? Hmmm my husband is my gist partner, my watching TV partner, my shopping partner, my cooking partner and my driving partner. Our partnership has got no part 2.
Then coming to verses 30-31, King Solomon must have realised that all he described was an angel and angels do not marry (Matthew 22:23-30) – My dad’s message to US. Hence ending that chapter so. The woman described above was a perfect one but here I am, I still get angry and I have days when I am very very lazy. I have days when my husband is awake late to see that I am okay. He still does my smoothies and helps pack my bag sometimes.
Grace and beauty can fool you, but a woman who respects the Lord should be praised. Give her the reward she deserves. Praise her in public for what she has done. (ERV)
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades. The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God. Give her everything she deserves! Festoon her life with praises! (MSG)
King Solomon concluded that chapter by telling us about the Woman who fears the Lord and he advised that she be praised. She should be credited for whatever she does and that publicly – not necessarily with a megaphone or in a public place but open your mouth and tell her genuinely. Don’t just say it in your heart. Now I wonder how many work I have done and I am praised publicly? I pass through my husband’s office to drop his lunch and I am praised. I take care of the home and I am praised. I prepare meals and I am praised. The list goes on.
I am far from being the perfect wife but you know what? God has helped me to grow over the years and thanks Honey for praising me publicly despite my short comings. Thank you for weighing me and finding so much good in me to outweigh the bad. I can’t promise I wouldn’t ask for your help because I will definitely ask. I can’t promise you that I won’t disagree with you sometimes, I will most likely and I know we will both come to a place of understanding and learning and move forward with God’s help and I am confident we won’t make any mistake.
Finally, I know we all have our own definition of who and what the qualities are of the virtuous woman but my manual is the Holy Bible and based on this, I AM NOT ONE, I may have some of the qualities but not all and hence can not brag I am one. After all one does not brag of being a graduate when he/she has some more courses to do. Anyways, please if you see one or know one that is as described in Proverbs 31, I want to meet her. I have a lot of questions to ask too.
Until we get to heaven and ask King Solomon if Mrs Proverbs 31 ever existed, I remain your imperfect wife, a work-in-progress wife who is redeemed, saved and kept by a PERFECT GOD. Walking with him and having him as our Captain and Shepherd for all eternity.
God bless you and thanks for reading.