The Proverbs 31 woman FEARS THE LORD and is OF EXCEPTIONAL WORTH.
v. 30-31 says
Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the Lord,
she shall be praised.
Give her the product of her hands,
And let her works praise her in the gates.
Today’s society wants us to believe that beauty is everything. That you should nip it, tuck it, let it all hang out, or cover it, or remove it in order to achieve beauty. This passage reveals that true beauty, the beauty that God has given us, IS achievable. What must I do to be really beautiful? Fear the Lord, work hard, and smile while I’m doing it. If we do these things, we will “earn” our accomplishments or our products (our crafts, our well-taught children; our work will “pay-off”) AND we will be praised for it.
Martha Peace’s book, The Excellent Wife, describes in detail the attributes a woman should have in relationship to her husband. Among other things, she stresses real submission and how to achieve a submissive heart and mind. She writes: “Many women have a desire to be the excellent wife of Proverbs 31. They just don’t think it is possible, at least not for them. These twenty traits, however, can characterize ANY Christian woman’s life. These traits are given in Proverbs as general truths. Any Christian woman who knows and obeys them can become a godly woman, an excellent wife! Her ministry can grow under the nurturing hand of a faithful and loving God because: “His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. (2 Peter 1:3)”
So, when you find yourself standing in front of a pile of laundry, or dirty dishes, or whining kids, asking “What am I doing this for?” Read this Psalm over again. Let it remind you that you are working for something real and lasting and meaningful. And you CAN do it!