A holy life is no work of chance, it is a masterpiece of ORDER – Charles Spurgeon
With her humorous spirit, writer Nicole Johnson, shares her theories about the Proverbs 31 woman:
“But I have a theory about that “perfect” biblical woman. As we know, Solomon wrote Proverbs, and Solomon had hundreds of wives. So, dear reader, I believe the Proverbs 31 woman was a composite. Solomon simply took the best qualities from several wives and created a word portrait of his “ideal” companion. (It works for me!)…
Seriously, I’ve often felt discouraged while reading that famous biblical chapter. I can’t tell the difference between soufflé and flambé, and—to my mother’s horror—I can’t even sew on a button. I’ve ruined laundry, sent “belated birthday” cards, and taken my kid to preschool in my pajamas more times than I can count.
For years, every time I read Proverbs 31, I felt as if this spiritual Superwoman was up in heaven, mocking my paltry attempts at being a wife, friend, mom and daughter. I didn’t realize that the chapter was most likely an overview of the woman’s entire life (and not one day, week, or even month)—or that, as my friend and fellow author Char Barnes says, “In Proverbs 31, the woman’s children rise up and call her blessed. Toddlers don’t rise up and bless their mother—this lady obviously had grown children.”
We don’t want to be intimidated by the Proverbs 31 woman or miss the kind of life that her example offers us. Within her story, lie the principles that will help us to live a life of victory, more specifically, a life of order.
There are many obstacles to overcome as we learn to walk like Jesus, but it is easy to overlook busyness as one of them. The hurried and out of control life is certainly a distraction to our walk with God and if we are not careful, it can separate us from the abundant, joyful, and victorious life that is ours in Christ. The life of abundance that Jesus offers us is not a day planner that is jammed packed with activities or the never ending to do list that seeks to control our lives.
Christ is speaking about a life of purpose, contentment and peace – all fruit of a life that is in order! It’s time to get off the hamster wheel! Our goal is to deeply study the Proverbs 31 woman and uncover her secrets to a life of order. May we once and for all be victorious over the enemy of busyness that seeks to keep us from God’s very best for our lives. Discover how the Proverbs 31 woman became victorious over busyness.