Proverbs 31 7-31-21

Today is Robin’s and my 39th anniversary. I love her more every day. She keeps me singing…and laughing!

10 A wife of noble character [Robin] who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband [I] have full confidence in her and lack(s) nothing of [spiritual and relational] value.

As I read through the noble wife’s list of features and accomplishments, I perceive that she is the one in charge of the household.

  • She works from home working with wool and flax making linen garments and sashes;
  • She invests her earnings and turns a profit;
  • She runs the finances and makes allowances for the needy;
  • She takes care of the family, clothing them in scarlet (a sign of spiritual salvation);
  • She is the one who keeps herself in physique and modesty;
  • She is the one who teaches the younger women how to have noble character;
  • 27 “She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.”

Where is the husband during all of this activity? He’s at the city gate! 23 “Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.” It’s like the city hall of today.

Let’s follow this arrangement to its logical conclusion. I have heard it said that “the man is head of his castle.” That may be true in Scotland, but biblically, the man is head of his wife (Ephesians 5:23); SHE is head of the house. Therefore, when I come home each evening, rather than saying, “Woman, where are my slippers?” I come in saying, “Honey, what can I do for you?” Chances are, her day was every bit as rough as mine and probably a whole lot rougher, especially if there are children involved.

Two more things:

30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

I happen to have one who is all of these.

31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

I honor Robin for her godly life. May the labors of her life bring her praise “at the city gate!”
Happy anniversary, Darling.

Abba, I praise You for such a wonderful, godly wife. Robin has challenged me daily to be a man of God. She assumes that I will listen and follow Your Spirit. Her faith in me has inspired me and “spurred me on toward love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24).” I want to finish well, Lord. She surely is! Thank You for Robin. I love her dearly. Amen.

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