This is to announce a new series that I will be undertaking which is the Proverbs 31 woman. I realize that as a man my insights may be dismissed, but, I think it is important to remember two things. First, Proverbs was written by a man. Another important thing to note is that Proverbs 31 is advice from a mother to a son; not a daughter. So I think it is very appropriate that a male voice and perspective be brought into the discussion of this chapter. If you don’t believe me look at verse one.
Proverbs 31:1(ESV) “The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him”
That being said I should like to give an idea of what the up coming blogs will look like. Many comments on Proverbs 31 are focused on the so-called “Proverbs 31 woman”; I however will be incorporating another view in my blogs. I think focusing solely on the ideal woman is to put undue weight and pressure on our sisters. I would like to fold Proverbs 31 back on itself and ask what kind of man does the Proverbs 31 woman deserve? On the whole, our society and Christian culture puts a lot of pressure on who women ought be to be desirable. On the flip side we see the whole sale rape of true masculinity; letting boys remain boys and not demanding they truly take on the responsibilities of manhood. We demand very little from our men and when they mess up we chalk it up to ‘boys will be boys’. That old adage is true ‘boys will be boys’ when we don’t hold them up to the standard of masculinity.
So, going through Proverbs 31 we will see different characteristics that make a woman an excellent wife. Those characteristic will be meditated upon. However, the buck does not stop there, to end each blog I will contemplate what this means for myself and for men as a whole.
There are 11 to 13 million more women in the Church than men. Perhaps, the question should not be “An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels” Proverbs 31:10 (ESV), but rather, an excellent husband who can find? he is far more precious than jewels.