As we all strive to be this Proverbs 31 woman, wife, mother we often forget that when we don’t live up to her standards we are still fulfilling God’s will. Let’s take a look at this woman and then some more practical women we may be able to better relate to.
The Wife of Noble Character
- She is worth far more than rubies
- Her husband has FULL confidence in her and lacks nothing of value
- She works with eager hands and vigorously
- She provides food for her family
- Her trading is profitable
- She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy
- Everyone in her household is clothed
- Her husband is respected
- She is clothed with strength and dignity
- She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue
- Her children rise and call her blessed
- She is a woman who fears the Lord
Now, I don’t know about you but to me, those are some pretty big shoes to fill. Some days I’ll get 1-3 bullet points down but completely miss the others. And some days I’m lucky enough to get everyone dressed and make it to work on time much less come home and have dinner on the table.
Like pretty much every woman, I fall short of this expectation just about every day. But that doesn’t mean God can’t or won’t use me.
God uses ordinary moms in extraordinary situations more times than not. Let’s take a look at a few:
The woman who first sinned and ruined it for the rest of us… Not only did she disobey the words straight from God’s mouth, she convinced her husband to as well. We can also attribute Genesis 3:16 to her wrongdoings, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor your will give birth to your children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”
This is what she’s most known for but God still chose her to be the very first mother. He gave her many children but the most notable were Cain, Able, and Seth. Eve had it pretty hard. Not only did she have 3 boys but she had to figure out how to do it without having a mom herself. She also had to live with what would be the most heartbreaking news any of us would hate to bear – a son who murdered the other. She was the first to have to bury her own child.
But God entrusted her with setting the first example that we don’t and won’t always get it right but He will still bless us as He blessed her with many children.
Sarah gives hope to all the women out there having a hard time getting pregnant. Just remember, if God promises you a child, He’ll give you one. It doesn’t matter how old you are or what you’ve done (even not trusting Him) He will bless you with one – or many.
I couldn’t imagine giving up my baby boy but we can all respect the mothers who make this decision to give their child a better life. Jochebed knew in Egypt if she kept her son, Moses, he would be killed so she let him go and he ended up delivering all of them from slavery. Imagine how proud of your son you’d be if he grew up to be such an amazing Godly man who led an entire nation out of slavery? Not only that but God blessed her and still allowed her to be his nurse while he was a baby.
I think we can all relate to Gomer. Maybe not in the literal sense, although some may. This woman was one of promiscuity but God chose her to be the wife of a man who would love her unconditionally. She had three sons who’s names could relate to the people of Israel who God denied and then redeemed. Although her past haunted her, the Lord called her husband, Hosea, to buy her back from slavery for the same price Jesus was bought. This is that unconditional love we have from our Father and can pass along to our children.
What a mom!! The woman who gave birth to our savior! Could you imagine God choosing you to give birth to such a man? And in a way that society would judge you? This woman was a virgin and married but still conceived and bore a child. She depicts the essence of unlikeliness to birth the Messiah. She was young and poor but God knew she would trust and obey Him. So He chose her.
None of these women were perfect but God took the most unlikely women and made them mothers so that we could learn from them. Even on our worst days, God entrusted us to bear His children. So when you’re feeling like you’re barely making it, hang on sister because God has more of those joyous, loving moments for you to treasure!