Proverbs 31

I didn’t want to breeze past this gem on our way to considering how to be the ultimate woman:

“Open your mouth for the mute, For the rights of all the unfortunate. Open your mouth, judge righteously, And defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.” (8-9)

Yesterday two men were killed, in Portland, for standing up for women being bullied on the MAX train. As the world becomes increasingly racist and violent, we must not grow weary of defending the rights of the afflicted. This is a Biblical mandate. 

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” –Edmund Burke

And speaking of that Proverbs 31 woman:

“She extends her hand to the poor, And she stretches out her hands to the needy.” (20)

She works hard and cares for everyone. I think this chapter really captures what we are capable of when we fear the LORD. Women are industrious. 

Of course, do not take this as a way to be down on yourself if you don’t measure up. That is truly not the point. Ask God how He would describe your full potential. It doesn’t have to be real estate and sowing scarlet. 

I think something I’m especially struck by is how trustworthy this woman is to her husband. She probably doesn’t expose his shortcomings to her gal pals. She probably keeps all his secrets. That’s awesome. I want to be the best at keeping my husbands secrets and remaining trustworthy. I want him to know I believe in him. 

Us gals are the perfect help mates. We can help men reach their full potentials OR we can make them wish they lived on the corner of the roof. They are responsible for themselves, but some of it is up to us.

As a single gal, I can still scoop up a lot of principles here. I can champion the best in people, be hospitable and take care of the poor. Women represent the nurturing side of God. We are His image bearers. That is glorious! 

What stuck out to you today?

-Bethany 

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