Proverbs 31:12 – She comforts, encourages, and does only good as long as there is life within her.
Wow! As soon as I read that verse, I automatically started thinking of all the times (today) I have been less than that as a wife.
The original Hebrew meaning of the word “good” is best, graciously, joyful, kindness, loving, merry, pleasant, ready, and sweet.
I’m sure God understands that we all have our moments, and we aren’t going to be all of those things, 24 hours a day. But we have to realize that we are called, by God, to be those things. When we do those things (for our husbands) we are pleasing to the Lord.
Once again, this doesn’t have to be only big moments. Your “good” can be in the small things you do for your husband. Like packing his lunch, or ironing his clothes.
We are not only called to do good for our husbands, we are called to do them with gladness. It defeats the purpose if you grumble and complain through your gracious tasks.
The book goes into great detail about this verse. Breaking down each of the definitions of good, and examples of ways you can do this. Once again, I highly recommend purchasing a copy of the book for yourself.
Some of the tasks are hard. But we have to realize that they are only hard to the flesh. “Dying to the flesh can be painful and hard.” The world we live in makes this even harder. Everywhere you turn, you can find women complaining about their husbands. Don’t buy into this. Don’t use it as an opportunity to share your husband’s faults. Would you appreciate it if he was talking to his friends about you that way? We have to constantly pour ourselves into the Word, to negate the images society is pushing on us. In just the 3 verses we have looked at so far, we have seen how completely opposite they are from the worldly view.
Pray for God to help you be a gracious, loving, joyful, merry, pleasant, ready, and sweet wife. Pray for God to show you ways you can be a blessing to your husband.
Proverbs 31:13 – She seeks out wool and flax and works with willing hands to develop it.