An excellent wife–who can find one? So begins probably the best description of a wife found in the Bible. (Proverbs 31;10-31) What man can seek out his own wife, just the right one, the one who is excellent for him? House and wealth are an inheritance from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the Lord. (Proverbs 19;14) In the Amplified Bible she is a wise, understanding and prudent wife. The right wife for a man is from the Lord. James 1:17 tells us that every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variation or shifting shadow.

Women today are faced with great difficulties, marriages are falling apart faster than people are getting married. Women are bombarded day in and day out, hour after hour with propaganda that being a wife, a mother and homemaker are old-fashioned, undesirable things to be. That she has greater potential than these menial tasks. However, all this propaganda, rather than having freed women to realize the potential they have, has only aggravated and frustrated the majority of them into deep and long periods of depression.

God in His wisdom has given us in Proverbs 31 a description of the jewel, the gem of a man’s 1ife, some of what she does and is to her man. At the same time it is also a picture of the church as the bride of Christ. God in his infinite wisdom has provided that man should not be alone. The man being Christ, His Son. (Genesis 2:18) Just as God prepared Eve and gave her to Adam, He creating and preparing a wife, a bride for Jesus, His Church.

Let’s see what Proverbs 31:10-31 says about a wife. There are some other scriptures which run with this as to the relationship of a husband and a wife which are also the picture of our relationship with Jesus as His bride.

Women today, especially those who are married, need more than anything else, to know that they are needed, that they are loved, that their husbands do care, that they do appreciate them. Husband, love your wife. Tell her that not just tonight, or tomorrow morning. Remember, she is under constent attack today as to her integrity. Is she not worth more than jewels, or anything else you have? She may not seem that way at times, but if your reaction to her response to the constant bombardment that she is a nobody, is not a loving one, then you also pile on feelings of unworthiness.

Randy Paisley
Shared Life Our Heritage Church Scottsdale, AZ April 10 & 11, 1976