Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land. Proverbs 31:23 NKJV
You have probably heard the saying “Behind every good man is a good woman”, well I happen to think that came from this verse. Here we see the Proverbs 31 woman’s husband is well known, probably successful too.
In this verse, we see the result of Proverbs 31 woman’s previous good deeds. Let’s look back to verse 11 and 12: “The heart of her husband safely trusts her; so he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life.” God has given woman certain gifts to help her husband. This woman apparently has used her gifts correctly, for her husband benefits.
Remember the original purpose of woman from Genesis was to be the man’s helpmeet, a companion suitable to him who helps him. When our gifts are used properly they will always build up our man and our family.
How does a man need our help? There might be many ways but let me share one from my own life. For example, it used to drive me crazy how my husband and son were always misplacing things like wallet, keys, glasses, phone, shoes, etc. But you know what? I always knew where to look for them. Once I realized this talent of finding things was actually a gift for helping my family life ran much smoother. Now, I embrace what used to make me crazy. It’s kind of fun being the one others depend on to help them stay organized.
However, it is possible to misuse our gifts. So as you help, do it with a humble heart. Be sincere with your help. Do not grumble about their problem with loosing things, but cheerfully do good instead. For the Bible says “Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,” (Philippians 2:13-15).
Lord, thank you for gifts to help us help our families. Teach us to embrace the opportunities to use our gifts for your glory. In Jesus’ name Amen.
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