Focal Passages: Proverbs 31:10-12, 15-20, 25-31
There is much confusion in our world today. Even as I write this article the Supreme Court is working through the legality of same-sex marriage in our country. The Boy Scouts will meet later this month to decide if they will drop the ban on gay members and leaders.
Gender identity issues continue to be a heated topic. Divorce continues to impact lives all over America. People living together before marriage seems to be the norm for our culture. There is no wonder homes are falling apart. In fact, most young people have been so impacted by secularism they do not have a clue what the Bible says about creating a Christ-centered home. Thankfully, our passage in this lesson can take us in the right direction.
Proverbs 31:10-31 is often described as the “Virtuous Woman” because it provides an example of a godly wife and mother. The commentator groups the virtuous woman’s attributes into the three major divisions: (1) trustworthiness; (2) responsible; and (3) godliness. Within these divisions I have identified a total of 21 attributes that will help you produce a godly home. These attributes are designated for the wife and mother, but many are applicable to the husband or grandparents. They include: valuable (v. 10); trustworthy (v. 11); godly (v. 12); hard worker (v. 13); interesting (v. 14); selfless (v. 15); wise/thrifty (v. 16); stable (v. 17); planner (v. 18); resourceful (v. 19); compassionate (v. 20); well-prepared (v. 21); takes care of herself (v. 22); she is her husband’s best resume (v. 23); knowledgeable (v. 24); righteous (v. 25); intelligent (v. 26); not lazy (v. 27); excellence (vs. 28-29); not superficial (v. 30); and God-honoring (v. 31).
Perhaps, you know a young wife or mother who is seeking God’s wisdom on how to have a godly home. I would recommend the study and application of Proverbs 31:10-31 as a starting point. God is always faithful and will bless her as she lives out His Word.