It’s Day 5 of our Proverbs 31 Woman Bible Study!
Today, we’re going to dig into Proverbs 31:14:
She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.
In yesterday’s lesson, we learned being a Proverbs 31 Woman is about being a willing, eager worker and having the proper attitude about work. You can get caught up with yesterday’s lesson here!
In today’s video lesson we will look at going to great lengths to nourish, nurture, and tend the needs of your family. How we take care of the precious hearts and souls God has entrusted to us is important. The Proverbs 31 Woman is a woman always has the best interests of her family in mind.
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Let me ask you this. . .
Being a Proverbs 31 Woman means developing the character of a woman who is built like Silk Over Steel. One of the traits she has is that she’ll go to great lengths to take care of those in her household and to be sure they are nourished and cared for.
Do you have these same traits?
Tune in to today’s video lesson as we chat about some enlightening things we can learn from this Virtuous Character trait!
Bible Study Notes
- Merchant ships had a specific purpose of bringing goos from far away lands to locally and giving access to all. How are you like this?
- Be willing to go to great lengths to nurture, nourish, and tend the needs of your family and loved ones.
- The character trait of commitment and dedication is at the heart of tending to your family, along with their precious hearts and souls.
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We can see there is a comparison to the Proverbs 31 Woman and merchant ships.
So, let’s talk about merchant ships!
In biblical times they went to far aways lands (like China, Japan, Korea, Egypt, etc.) to bring spices, fabrics, non-perishable food, gold, silver, jewelry, building supplies, and other goods. They would then dock at different ports to sell or trade their items.
The benefit was that the Israelites could have access to goods from all over the world. They could also share their goods with people living in other countries by trading with the merchant ships.
The Proverbs 31 Woman is like merchant ships, in that she went to great lengths, finding opportunities to access and learn from people not like her and to share her culture with them.
“Food” is what is needed to sustain life, be healthy and wholesome.
It is a necessity.
It supplies nourishment and nurturing for the body and soul.
We see here, the Proverbs 31 Woman will go to great lengths to care for the needs of her family. She’ll do whatever it takes to be sure they are nurtured and nourished, even if she has to travel far to make to happen.
Think for a moment about your family’s favorite meal. . .
There might even be a special ingredient or two you need and have to travel to a special grocery store across town in order to get it. I’d be willing to bet, you don’t mind making that drive, either!
Why? Because the look on your family’s face from enjoying the meal and the fullness in their bellies afterwards is SO satisfying to you!
(Am I right?)
If so, you are a Proverbs 31 Woman, too! You’ll go to great lengths to provide a nourishing meal or any other need for your family they need and LOVE!
There’s just one thing I want to point out, since we are focusing on character over deeds.
The Proverbs 31 Woman was committed and dedicated to taking care of her family.
Based upon her “being like merchant ships,” we have to make note of this character trait of commitment and dedication.
This trait is purely unconditional.
It is not based upon feelings, but it’s based love and the desire to meet your family’s needs no matter what.
Of course there will be times when you are physically unable to meet every single need of your family. However, your focus and desire should always be on the well-being of those precious hearts and souls God has entrusted to you. That’s what matters most!
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I pray today’s lesson blessed you BIG! We have so much more to glean and learn in our Proverbs 31 Woman Bible Study together!
Be sure to check out the next lesson in The Proverbs 31 Woman Bible Study Series! We’re going to talk about becoming that “good thing” to our husbands and why this is so important to him and our marriage.
Today, we learned about going to great lengths to nurture our family and loved ones – this being an act of diligence. List some ways you can go the extra mile for your husband, children, siblings, friends, extended family members in cultivating this character of diligence. I’d love to hear your thoughts! You can chime in, by clicking here!
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