Today's devotion from Proverbs 30 and 31.
There are many qualities used to describe the Proverbs 31 women. She is beneficial to her family in many ways. She benefits her husband. She seeks the means necessary to provide for her family's warmth. She selflessly rises early to cook for the household. She even oversees the acquisition of property.
However, this woman doesn't just help her family. She is an asset to the entire community. She aids the poor in their distress and need. Her home is so finely run that her husband is recognized among the elders of the community. The life of the faithful will consistently reverberate far beyond their own home.
But notice the importance of the home, "Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her." (Proverbs 31:28, ESV) Among all of those who could praise her, it is her family who realizes exactly how blessed they are to have her in their lives.
This proverb is often used to describe the godly woman, but isn't it also appropriate to study this chapter from the perspective of thankfulness? Consider, as you read, how gratitude flows throughout the home. Notice the way the community is thankful for having such a woman among them. Gratitude is the response to this woman's life.
I am grateful to have been blessed with many such women in my life. My grandmother and mother were both influential in my faith. Now, I have the honor of calling such a woman my wife. I get the privilege of watching her serve our family in many of the ways mentioned in Proverbs 31. She works diligently in our home, in our church, and in our community.
As much as I am glad to have her in my life, I look forward to watching our children grow in the recognition of her love of God and her selfless service to our family. I look forward to the day when our children are grateful for her ministry to them. As their father, I want to be the one to demonstrate this gratitude for them.