That famous virtuous woman. I may not like her, but I know she’s got a lot to teach me! In I Do Not Like That Proverbs 31 Woman, I shared why I felt it’s important we come to terms with her. Since she’s in the Bible, God wants us to learn from her. So over the next few days, we’ll be looking at just what she has to teach us. And why we would want to learn it.
Like, for instance, that we wives can make our husbands poor, by unwise buying and spending. Maybe, like me, you’ve sometimes spent unwisely. Buying things you couldn’t really afford. Forgetting to first ask advice. Or possibly even hiding purchases! In the early years of our marriage, I was guilty of this very thing! And of then sometimes secretly returning things to avoid discovery! Oh, the hidden dangers of credit cards!
The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain, (Proverbs 31:11).
But what’s this verse got to do with spending? Well, the King James version says, “The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.” Spoil! A good, old-fashioned word that means taken by robbery, theft, fraud, war, raids, plunder, or brigandage. Wow!
Surely most of us don’t spend so unwisely that our husbands have to cheat or steal! But it could force them to work overtime!
So when we’re not careful with money, we let our husbands down.
How it must discourage them to see that hard-earned cash slip through our fingers needlessly! Don’t you want your husband to know you’ll never let him down? And that he won’t have to worry over the bills getting paid? I sure do!
That’s why I try to live simply, content with what we already have. I want to help my husband get ahead, not impoverish him or bury him in debt. Not in the sense of getting rich, but of having more money than month. With enough leftover to help others or for rainy days.
Of course it takes both spouses to reach this goal. But wives, we can do our part. Let someone else keep up with the Jones family! It’s enough that we’ve got all we need. In fact, one of the greatest testimonies a Christian family can give is: “We are not wealthy, and have no wish to be. But we have all we need, because we have a Lord who takes care of us!”
Our husbands (and we) won’t have to overwork. Getting to enjoy more rest, relaxation, and time with the family. Free from the worry of making it to the end of the month.
And single women, this applies to you too!
It can help you have more money at month’s end too. But even more, it’s an important step toward becoming the kind of treasure a man looks for. That woman he can depend on, even in practical matters. Knowing she’ll try to never let him down!
Who can find a worthy woman? For her price is far above rubies, (Proverbs 31:10).
Are you making your husband poor? Would you like him to work less and stay home more?
Maybe you need to cut expenses!