Proverbs 31 has inspired many women and at the same time discouraged and deflated quite a few. In this description of the ideal woman, it’s interesting to notice what isn’t spoken of as much as what is. The writer makes no mention of the importance of outward appearance, with the exception that beauty is vain. Character is the source of her attractiveness. She is beautiful and praised because of her fear of God that leads her to desire to honor Him in every area of her life. Whether it’s work, family, or finances, any role or situation in which she finds herself, she seeks to be a woman who honors God.
I’m sure there are women who have sought to emulate every detail of this ideal description, but that seems to miss the point. A wise woman, regardless of her ability to emulate the qualities mentioned in the devotional passage, can be a virtuous woman deserving of praise by under-girding all she does with a genuine fear of God.
Lord, I realize that good character development is grounded in my reverence for You.