Proverbs 31, the Word, and Christ

By Trillia Newbell

Looks like women are tired of the Proverbs 31 woman. Perhaps it isn’t the Valiant Woman these women are tired of but rather being compared to her. Over the past few days I’ve read several posts about the Proverbs 31 woman.  It’s interesting because I was actually studying her for an article that will be posted on Desiring God when all of these popped up. After the latest one I was compelled to write.

Rachel Evans wrote a blog post about advertisements and their false messages and basically how the church also places pressure on women to be the Proverbs 31 woman. As I was reading Evans latest post and the cheers and excited comments below it, I couldn’t help but wonder if it isn’t that the woman is hard to swallow but that many haven’t grasped Evan’s last point, “we’re already enough”.  The thing is; we aren’t enough-He is enough and because HE is enough we can look at the Proverbs 31 woman to gain wisdom without the need to be her.

An Excellent Wife

I already know that many people who are tired of her are cringing, just by looking at that subtitle.  No worries, I’m not going to talk about how excellent she is.  I’m thinking about one thing, and that is God’s Word.  Paul gave us insight on the value of God’s Word when he said, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV emphasis mine). God says his words are useful.  That means that even if the “Excellent Wife” has been used and abused, His Word still stands true.  The woman is an ideal that we should look to; she is in a book dedicated to teaching wisdom.  She is a woman who above all else fears the Lord and that is what is to be praised (Proverbs 31:30). All of the other wonderful attributes and skills are a distant second to the fear of the Lord.

Because she is in God’s Word and because she is described in the poem as a wise woman, I want to take a look at this woman and learn from her.

Our Christ

But my eyes aren’t kept on her. The Proverbs 31 woman didn’t die in my stead. She didn’t live a perfect life. There is only One to whom all honor is due and that is Christ Jesus. I may look to her for wisdom but in application I look to Jesus. In Christ I am perfect! Being identified with Christ means full and free acceptance by God, ability to approach a Holy God, no condemnation, complete forgiveness, righteousness before God, and presentation to God one day as blameless and perfect.  Now that’s amazing grace!

If I can remember that identity, if I can remember that I don’t have to measure up (because He did) to some standard and that Jesus paid it all, then I can look at the Proverbs 31 woman and learn without the pressure of trying to be her. Because he was enough!

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2 Comments to “Proverbs 31, the Word, and Christ”

  1. Connie Jakab says:

    Yes, I so agree! The woman described in Proverbs 31 is an opportunity to embrace something greater than what we see around us in our culture. I find it ironic that as a general Christian public, we tire of reading about her due to our feelings of inadequacy, so we ditch her and run to the alternative the world presents of desperate housewives, boob jobs, the next skin care craze, spending a ton of money trying to measure up. In the end, it is even harder to achieve. Aren’t we funny.

  2. admin says:

    Excellent point!