Verse twenty-seven through twenty-eight is just a slice of the Proverbs 31 Woman. This slice indicates her devotion and her commitment above all else. She has an agenda: to care for her home, her husband and her children. All else is secondary to this one mission in her life.
Many woman refuse or neglect to read Proverbs 31:10-31 for fear they will find conviction. Conviction is certainly not comfortable, but it is profitable. While we will find conviction, we also find steps to improve and a clear path to follow. Some women feel defeated before they even get to the passage; therefore, they give up before they get started. Some think that the expectations of this passage is simply too high, yet, I would disagree. Nothing is impossible WITH GOD.
When we look at other passages in scripture we find what these important affairs include:
1. A wife respects, submits, and obeys her husband; likewise the husband loves and submits to her. (Ephesians 5:21-23). This affects the rest of the household. It begins with the marriage relationship; when this relationship is strong, loving, and filled with understanding, it flows into the training and development of the children. The fruit is a home of PEACE.
2. A mother will teach her children. In Proverbs 6:20 each child is instructed to not forsake his mother’s teaching. That teaching involves giving insight to the word of God, application to their existence, preparing each for their niche in life, and building godly character in each child’s person. From this each unique child finds his or her way for which God has set out for them; they in turn are effective. The fruit is a home of PURPOSE.
3. A mother and wife will support a home of order. A home of order is not a perfect model but a clean and manageable place to live. Keeping order sets the tone of calm and security for our family. Food and cleanliness brings sustenance and harmony to each member. We serve a God of order not chaos; the fruit of taking care of the affairs of our home communicates this part of God’s character to our family and those in our influence. (1 Corinthians 14:4; Titus 2:5). The fruit is a home of DIRECTION.
4. A woman of influence is not idle nor does she feed on senseless ideas and chatter. A wife and mother will carve out the time each day to fill herself with God’s wisdom, His purposes, and His ways. She faces each difficulty with God’s hope not the world’s despair. She is one who reaches out vs. retreats in. She is a blessing outside the home and a profit to her family. She is all this, because she is first on her knees and serves out of humility. The fruit is a home of IMPACT.