After filling our minds with a host of positive attributes possessed by the virtuous woman, Proverbs 31:23 reveals some information about the man to whom she is married. “Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.’
The Virtuous Woman is Supportive.
In Old Testament days, the gates of a city were a place of prominence. Much of the public business of the culture, including legal transactions and administrative affairs, was conducted in this area. A man who was well-known in this location would have been a leader and important official in the city.
As we have seen repeatedly, the lady of Proverbs 31 was a wise steward who conducted the affairs of her home in a way that would have given her husband the freedom to pursue his business interests and focus on the needs of his work. Certainly, she also had a reputation that would not have hindered him in his pursuits, but would have been an asset to his career.
Hence, I must ask myself the following: Am I this type of supportive helpmeet for my husband? As much as possible, do I take care of things around the home that my husband might be free from those cares? Do I pray for him while he is at work, asking for God’s leading in decisions he makes and wisdom for circumstances he will face? Finally, do I seek to be a Godly wife with a reputation that will enhance – not harm- my husband’s ministry?
With God’s help, I want to be a blessing to my husband, supporting him in every endeavor through prayer, encouraging words and faithful actions.
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