April 4, 2011
Proverbs 31:23 Her husband is known in the gates when he sits among the elders of the land
This verse, to me, really is totally opposite to what the world would say is necessary for women today. Most women today either would not realize or would not care that their conduct would affect their husband. However the basic fact is, how we conduct ourselves is a reflection on our husband and family, whether we admit it or not. Each aspect of our lives is like a mirror reflecting back on those that we love. Denying it does not mean it is not true. The Proverbs 31 lady knew this, and she used this to the betterment of her husband. Her conduct furthered her husband’s importance in their town. More to the point she wanted it to. This is also contrary to what the world teaches. This lady was actually able to put aside any selfish desire to look good and willingly promoted her husband. This doesn’t mean she was unknown or always in the background; it is obvious from what I’ve read so far that she was very well known and respected in her own right. Yet, she never selfishly set out to promote herself. She willingly desired that her husband be known “in the gates”. I think that it’s important to realize that this lady was not without sinful flesh herself. She would have had to battle the desire to promote herself just like we do; yet, she was successful. She was able to put aside what “she” might have wanted and embrace God’s will for her life... And lived happily for it.