The Crown: A series of posts on Proverbs 12:4

Proverbs 12: 4
An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.

In this series of blogs, I will be writing about the importance of submission and excellence in bringing honor to our husbands.  I hope you are challenged by this verse and how it applies to us.  

 First, what is an excellent wife?  One might immediately focus in on the most popular and amazing layout of an excellent woman in Proverbs 31. Now, before you beat yourself over the head for purchasing your last bed spread from The Pottery Barn instead of making it yourself, you should know that this passage was written as an oracle; a poem many young men and women were required to memorize growing up. It consists of 22 verses. Each verse begins with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet in order. The description of the Proverbs 31 woman is an example for girls to aspire to and a guide for young men in choosing a wife. It would be safe to conclude that this ‘ideal woman’ is a Biblical model of an excellent wife. However, there is more to being an excellent wife than starting a farm or learning to sew.  Women who do not know our Savior are capable of working hard, making money and caring for her family. 
While Proverbs 31 is definitely worth memorizing, absorbing and pursuing, its contents are not our primary aim.  Our aim should be to fear the Lord.  All daily chores, multi-tasking, home schooling and meal planning should overflow out of that one focus.  An excellent wife is a woman who is growing in wisdom and knowledge. One who is becoming humble the closer she grows to Jesus.  She is a woman who reads and memorizes God’s Word.  She prays continually. She pursues Christ.  She has a heart that is soft, ready to be changed into the likeness of Christ. This is the work of the Spirit, which changes our hearts, which changes our behavior.

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