There’s something to be said for a woman who is strong, confident, and a hard worker.
I’d say being described by those three words is quite a compliment.
Yet these three words look quite different for someone who is glorifying themselves, compared to someone who is glorifying God. I know this from experience. I used to be one who lived the former.
I was strong physically as I worked out to glorify myself.
I was confident…in myself and my abilities.
I was a hard worker…for my own personal gain.
My life looked quite different than the woman in Proverbs 31.
As we peer into her life through scripture, we can see she’s a woman whose motivation is to glorify God. Today we’re looking at verses 16 & 17, from The Voice translation…
She has a plan. She considers some land and buys it; then with her earnings, she plants a vineyard.
She wraps herself in strength, carries herself with confidence, and works hard, strengthening her arms for the task at hand.
This week we see she’s not only a devoted wife and mother, she’s also a business woman. Her example can be applied to our lives: Our businesses. Our homes. Our marriages. Our motherhood. Our finances. Our ministries..
Points to ponder:
- She plans. Do we take the time to prayerfully plan, or do we just forge ahead with our own ideas?
- She considers land and buys it. She carefully thinks about, contemplates, prays. Do we pray about our decisions? Do we ask God for direction and seek His will?
- She reinvests her earnings and plants a vineyard. Do we financially have a forward-thinking focus or a present-thinking focus? How do we spend our earnings? Wisely or frivolously?
- She’s strong. Since she wraps herself in strength, this shows it doesn’t come from within herself. God is her strength. Who/what is ours? How do we receive His strength?
- She’s confident. Confidence comes from God. Not within ourselves. Do we seek Him for our confidence?
- She works hard and isn’t afraid of work. Do we work as if working for the Lord? Do we do our best? Do we roll up our sleeves and invite work, or do we shy away from it?
As we seek God (and not ourselves) in all these areas, His purpose and will for our lives will come to pass because our hearts are set on Him.
That is true success, my friend, no matter what it may look like in this world.
And that glorifies God.
The old me came face to face with this truth years ago, and my life was transformed–personally, professionally, in every way.
Will I ever measure up to this woman in Proverbs 31? Maybe not. But as I seek God and His will for my life, I’m thankful He loves me enough to continue to grow me, guide me, and bless me.
Is there a point from above that God is growing in you? I’m thankful He is using the woman of Proverbs 31 to teach us and mold us into the women He desires us to be! May we continue to be encouraged!
(It’s W2W – Woman to Woman Wednesday where we pause for a moment to lift and encourage each other as we study the life of the woman in Proverbs 31. Next week we’ll look at verses 18 & 19. Linking up with some dear friends at meredithbernard.com to encourage each other on #W2W.)
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