The Woman Who Fears the Lord

Only in eternity will we fully see the blessing that godly women have brought to this world. Proverbs has much to say about wicked women in chapters 1-9, and about nagging wives – Proverbs 1:9 and Proverbs 25:24); the book closes, however, with a glorious tribute to the godly, dedicated woman who brings honor to God and joy to her family. Many servants of God thank God for godly mothers and godly wives. When deciding for Christ, the most important decision a Christian will make is the choice of a life’s mate.

“A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband” – Proverbs 12:4.

“He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord” – Proverbs 18:22 4, NKJV.

“A prudent wife is from the Lord” – Proverbs 19:14. Christians must not be unequally yoked together with unsaved mates – II Corinthians 6:14-18. They are to marry “in the Lord” – I Corinthians 7:39. A Christian woman who marries an unsaved man may be endangering her life in childbirth; see I Timothy 2:15. This chapter of Proverbs describes the “virtuous woman” and lists her fine qualities.

I.             Her Spirituality Proverbs 31:1-9). The most important ministry mothers and fathers have is the Spiritual Training of their children. – II Timothy 3:15.

II.           Her LoyaltyProverbs 31:10-12. The two key words here are heart and trust — love and faith. Marriage is a matter of the heart; there must be true love between husband and wife. What kind of love should a man show to his wife? The same kind of love that Christ shows to the church – Ephesians 5:18. This priceless woman is a worker. Whether it be sewing or cooking, taking care of the children or assisting her husband in family business, she is faithfully doing her share.

III.        Her Industry Proverbs 31:13-22. This priceless woman is a worker. Whether it be sewing or cooking, taking care of the children or assisting her husband in family business, she is faithfully doing her share. Note that she works willingly – Proverbs 31:13; it is not a matter of compulsion but compassion. She loves her husband and therefore seeks to please him.

IV.        Her Modesty Proverbs 31:23-26. Man and woman both have a place in the economy of God, and when either one steps out of place, there is confusion and trouble. Of course, the headship of the man does not mean dictatorship; rather it means example and leadership in love. Proverbs 31:25 suggests that the godly woman does not depend on fancy clothing to be successful; she wears “strength and honor” on the inner person.

V.           Her PietyProverbs 31:27-31. “A woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised ” – This is the secret of her life: she fears God and seeks to obey His Word. No doubt she would arise early in the morning to meditate on the Word and to pray. All day long she would pray for her husband and her family. Her true beauty is within; though the years might change her body, her beauty in the Lord only grows greater. Her praise comes from God. “A man and woman can no longer say, “We will stay together for the children’s sake.” May God help us to build the kind of homes that Glorify His Name.