There was a time, not long ago, that I would read this chapter every night in hopes of gleaning valuable information to make me a better wife, mother, and friend. Each night I would read it determined to use her as my role model for the following day.
I never measured up! Proverbs 31 woman was the ultimate woman. She was successful, her husband and children adored her, she could make beautiful things, she had a fruitful piece of land, and her maidservants had the best boss ever.
Then it hit me like a ton of bricks!
She has staff working for her. The Proverbs 31 woman has help with her household. Well, that explains a lot. No wonder she can achieve so much during the day and why her family thinks she is the greatest thing since unleavened bread.
I read it again. Verse 30 reads, "Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that fears the Lord, she shall be praised."
I did it again. I compared myself to another woman. Above all else, Christ is my example. I was trying to do exactly what the Proverbs woman accomplished, and I failed every day.
There are several reasons why Proverbs 31 was written. It shows men what to look for in a Godly wife, but it also gives women the encouragement to use our talents. God gave each of us the ability to accomplish so many things. We are businesswomen, mothers, wives, artists, nurturers, counselors, and so much more. Perhaps, God gave us this scripture as a reminder to us that he knows how much we do daily. He is proud of his daughters.
PS. I don't hate the Proverbs 31 woman anymore. We're good.