Friday, August 15, 2014

Proverbs 31:10-31 Study (Part 5)

Ah, Proverbs 31. 
One of the most quoted verses among Christian women (well, at least on Pinterest and on blogs).
But what does it mean to be a Proverbs 31 women?
Join me as I study each verse to discover what it means, and what it takes to become a Proverbs 31 woman.

Proverbs 31:14
  • "She is like the ships of the merchant, she brings food from far away." NRSV
  • "She is like the merchant ships. Bringing her food from afar." NIV
  • "She is like the merchant ships, she bringeth her food from afar." KJV
  • "She is like a merchants ship, bringing her food from afar." NLT
  •  "She's like a trading ship that sails to faraway places and brings back exotic surprises." MSG
I'm not going to lie, this verse was hard to work with, what does is mean a women is like a ship?

Merchant ships were grand and sturdy, traveling the world for the best items.
A Proverbs 31 women seeks out what is best and brings it back for herself and her family. She can withstand the waves of life that crash against her (sorry for the boat metaphor). She can provide and carry out her duties. She goes where needed, is efficient, dependable and willing to go through great lengths to provide for her family.
You could also say she goes out of her way to find a good bargain (she's frugal).
But being frugal isn't just about paying less, but also buying less.

Proverbs 23:4-5
  • "Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like and eagle."NIV
Matthew 6:24
  • "No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor father into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?" NRSV 
By putting God first in our lives, all of our worry can be depleted and replaced with hope and faith. By working together with our husbands, and not complaining about lack of money (you use what you have) we can better provide for our family, and in doing so, we can honor God.

Stay strong, dependable, work hard and give all glory to God. 
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