The Good Wife, Day 2
Proverbs 31:10 says, “A good woman is hard to find” (MSG). Other versions of Proverbs 31:10 use different adjectives, shedding some light on what a good woman is. The ESV and NASB says “excellent wife;” GWT uses “a wife with a strong character;” CEB says, “competent;” and the NET uses “wife of noble character.”
Let’s break down some of these terms.
- Excellence – Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines excellent as “outstandingly good.” The Bible associates excellence with consecration [“to be sanctified and made holy”].
- Strong– Matthew Henry’s Commentary defines “a woman of strength,” as a woman who is “made strong by wisdom and grace, and the fear of God.” As a woman, you have power to give, nourish, and sustain life. The Proverbs 31 woman has strength to trust her life to an unseen God and risk loving an imperfect man. She is not the perfect powerhouse who thinks she can do it all on her own. She draws her strength from a perfect God who sustains her life and gives her grace to face each day.
- Competent – The Proverbs 31 woman did things well, probably taking years of practice. She most like failed a few times. This didn’t stop her from trying again. Perseverance and competence go hand-in-hand. Romans 5:3 says, “We know that troubles help us learn not to give up” (NLV). This is perseverance, producing “character” and “hope.”
- Noble – The NET translation explains a wife of noble character is one of valor and moral worth. “Elsewhere the term is used of physical valor in battle – this woman possesses all virtue, honor, and strength” (NET). She is a woman of action. The Hebrew word for ‘helpmeet‘ is ‘ezer kenegdo.’ “The word ezer is used only twenty other places in the entire Old Testament… every other instance… is God himself, when you need him to come through for you desperately” (John & Stacie Eldredge, Captivating). God is our ‘sustainer’ and He designed woman to be a sustainer to her husband.
A good wife is hard to find because no one is good without God. In Matthew 16:24 says, “If anyone would come after Me [Christ], let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.” Paul laments in Romans 7:15, “For what I want to do, I do not do, but what I hate to do.” But Jesus promises in John 16:33, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
A good wife
- wisely uses her time to serve God and her husband
- doesn’t waste time on worldly standards
- receives her value and worth from Christ
- recognizes her need for a Savior
- knows the only way to be good is to allow the perfect God to step into the center of her marriage
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