Yesterday, we discussed the first steps to becoming the good wife and virtuous woman. With the exception of God being first, we ought to be the ones our husbands can trust their hearts with. We should also do good to our spouses everyday of our lives. Today, we are going to look at the next trait of the virtuous woman — a woman who knows how to take care of business. Our key text today comes out of Proverbs 31:13 — 16, 18,19, 24 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. 14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. 15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. 16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard…18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. 19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff…24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
Whereas love and caring is a large and important part of being a virtuous woman, love by itself will not:
1.) Feed, clothe, and provide for your family
2.) Add to the tangible value your husband brings to the table (Ex: running your own business whether small or large)
In short, love will not take care of your business for you. Those things take work for which God has made us capable. Now, this does not take away from the fact that God called men to be the head and provider of the household. What this text does imply, however, is that the good wife fulfills her role as the helpmeet by adding to what her husband brings to the table in their marriage. She is a business woman operating from her own motivation. She is the virtuous woman.
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