by Melody Hernandez
“She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the days work for her servant girls….” - Proverbs 31:15
SHE GETS UP BEFORE DAWN?! Why God? Why would you even put this in the Bible for me to compare myself to? In my head this woman is a combination of Sheryl Sandberg, Beyoncé and Mother Teresa. She is a beautiful woman with fierce business skills who is also multi-talented and has a heart of gold. She is disciplined, she is virtuous, she is charming, she is wise and if I wasn’t a believer she would probably be the girl I would love to hate. I used to think of the “Wife of Noble Character” described in Proverbs 31 as the unattainable standard that I was to work towards during my entire Christian journey, but recently I discovered that I could not be more wrong.
I recently learned that it is Jewish tradition to sing Proverbs 31 as a blessing over all the women sitting at the Shabbat table. It is seen as describing of daughters of God, the proverbs 31 women is actually who we were all designed to become. We are blessed with the ability to be a virtuous, noble woman who is “energetic and strong and a hard worker”(verse 17). As sisters IN Christ, this is actually another blessing we have IN HIM. We have the Spirit of God abiding in us and all of its fruit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control (Galatians 5). The spirit of God empowers us to be the pretty boss lady described in proverbs 31. The discipline we need, the kindness we need, and the love we need to seek God above all else.
If you're interested in linking arms with other women who are wondering how to become more like the Proverbs 31 woman - if you are a woman of influence who wants life-changing teaching and life-enriching friendships - join us at our Bible study. We start back on January 9th and we'd LOVE to have you! Sign up here!