Proverbs 31: Week 5 | The Wolfe Notes
Our 2023 GROWTH for Today journey guides us through the description of the Proverbs 31 woman. If you haven't joined yet, we'd love to have you. Each month, we're focusing on a different virtue of the Proverbs 31 woman; in February, that virtue is UPLIFTING. Below summarizes where our journey has taken us so far.
*Altered Definition Redefine valuable in light of your learning.
*I am Valuable Describe your value personally, relationally, and spiritually.
Verse One Note key phrases of Proverbs 31:11.
*Literal Meaning Write, without using other sources, what this verse is saying at surface level.
What is Weird? Identify, then research, something that strikes you as odd about this verse.
- "A virtuous woman" vs. "many women"
- The first phrase hints at rarity; the second abundance
- The search vs. the choice
- Caution vs. discovery
- Lost vs. found
- "Virtuous" vs. "virtuously"
- Adjective directly describing a specific person vs. an adverb that describes actions
- Jesus & grace vs. law and works
- "Woman" vs. "daughters"
- mature vs. young, still growing
- only one vs. several
- Jesus vs. all others that seek this position but fall short
- "Who can find" vs. "have done"
- Quest vs. findings
- Defining the purpose vs. understanding the data
- Introduction vs. conclusion
- "Her" vs. "but thou"
- Target objective vs. conclusion
- Hypothetical vs. actual
- "Price is far above" vs. "excellest them all"
- Vague vs. ultimate
- General vs. specific
- "Rubies" vs. "them all"
- Both speak to high value
- Possession vs. character
- Personally: We are all seeking to be that highly-prized, virtuous "woman."
- Spiritually: We find the answer in Jesus.
- Relationally: We spend our lives guiding others to the same answer through transformation of ourselves by submission to wisdom.
- Personally: There is only one me. God carefully crafted me with my virtues to serve the people around me, in this place, at this time.
- Relationally: Others depend on me, and my unique virtue set, to help them through this life - emotionally, relationally, physically, and spiritually - as I depend on them. We're not meant to walk alone.
- Spiritually: God chose me; Jesus paid for my redemption. Now, I am seen as an "all fair" daughter (chosen nation) of The King and a spotless bride-in-waiting to His Son.
Define Uplifting (from Merriam-Webster)
- to lift up: ELEVATE
- especially: to cause to rise above adjacent areas (when referring to the earth's surface)
- to improve the spiritual, social, or intellectual condition of
- influences intended to uplift
- social movements to improve especially morally or culturally
The heart / of her husband / doth safely / trust in her, / so that he / shall have / no need / of spoil.Key words and phrases: heart, husband, safely trust, no need of spoil
- A trust, financially defined (Charles Schwab) is "a fiduciary arrangement that specifies how your assets are to be distributed," without a court. A trust can take effect before death.
- *This definition of trust (while certainly not related to this verse) interested me because we are entrusted with an inheritance in Christ, portions of it take effect before death, and no court is needed.
- *Furthermore, this trust directly relates to financial needs: a way to care for our loved ones financially. So, if his heart safely trusts in her, in her he finds all his assets. His assets are not monetary but relational. He is complete in her.
- I John 4:18 ESV There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
- *No fear; Complete trust; Perfect love.
- *Imagine what can be accomplished when your foundation is such.
- *When I asked the Mr. if he thought trust was a need and how it could meet all your needs, his answer was, essentially, this verse: "Because when you trust, there is no fear."
- Jeremiah 17:5 & 7 NIV This is what the Lord says: "Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord. But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him."
- *Perfect support for "Lady Wisdom" being the virtuous wife. Only when we trust God, are we blessed. God is also the only source of perfect love.
- *Should we trust our spouses? Yes! But even our spouses make mistakes. When we trust God with all our heart, then when your spouse (or you!) errors, your relationship need not spoil because your trust was not in your spouse alone. You did not lose all you deposited in the trust safe because you've been banking on God. Your future is secure with no need of spoil!
- *Yet our goal is to work toward being trustworthy by demonstrating perfect love: