"Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."
Anyone who has ever considered the "Proverbs 31 Woman" has probably thought -- as I have -- How can this woman be human? As if I wasn't already overwhelmed at times just getting by in the day-to-day mundaneness of my life, Mrs. Thang "Proverbs 31" blows my best day totally out of the water.
To keep this from being too lengthy, I opted to not include the entire Proverbs 31 passage above, but you can read it here. Wow. Are you getting the feeling that you're lacking something?? Me too. Yikes.
I find it interesting that King Soloman (AKA the wisest and probably the wealthiest man ever to walk on this planet) concludes the book of Proverbs with this chapter...specifically aimed at women. Since the beginning of time, it's obvious that God has laid out the importance of family and here in Proverbs, He reiterates that it's us Mama's who hold that family together.
Is this "wife of noble character" that King Soloman describes a realistic model for me...a modern gal? Absolutely.
Solomon basically outlines the fact that a godly woman can find fulfillment in her home, in the community, AND in a career. Though the passage doesn't limit a woman's role to any one of these areas, nor does it state that all women should do everything in all these areas. Whew! (That was my sigh of relief!) All of this "Proverbs 31 Woman's" qualities grow out of her fear of the Lord.
This attitude is as crucial for us gals today as it was in King Solomon's day. While everyone can benefit from this woman's example of initiative, godliness and hard work, the main lesson she offers is her outlook rather than her output.