When I first “met” the Proverbs 31 woman or the wife of noble character as we’ll call her, the thoughts I had were much different than those I have today. How could I ever be like this woman? I felt inadequate, intimidated, and guilt-ridden. Being such a woman seemed unattainable. I surely didn’t and still don’t possess her skill set. And am I as driven as she seems to be? But over the years, my first impression of her has changed. It’s really not about “doing” all that “she” does but “becoming” who “she” is. In reality, “she” is not a real woman like Ruth and Esther and you and I but a description of the ideal woman. The goal is to strive with the help of the Holy Spirit to exhibit the qualities and characteristics that King Lemuel’s mother described to her son in this acrostic poem. Will we possess each one perfectly? Highly unlikely this side of heaven but that’s not a reason to not strive to become women of noble character. John Piper has stated that the qualities given in Proverbs 31 are like stringing pearls. Let’s look this week at which pearls we’ve “strung” into our lives and which we still need to.
→ This week’s memory verse is Proverbs 31:30:
“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.”
→ We’ll be reading about the Wife of Noble Character in Proverbs 31.
→ Click here to print out the study guide for the Wife of Noble Character.
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We’re looking forward to sharing with you on Wednesday and Friday and we can’t wait to hear from you at our group page!