Pastors often preach about the woman depicted in Proverbs 31 as Scripture’s epitome of what a wife should be. Godly, faithful, diligent, virtuous’she’s the entire package. Now, I don’t know about you, but I’ve never heard a sermon on what the husband of that woman must’ve been like. That’s a shame, because I could stand to learn a few things from him’and I’ll bet you guys could too.
Look closely at Proverbs 31. The character and accomplishments of the wife imply many things about the husband standing silently in the background. He must’ve granted her a great deal of latitude to make important decisions about the home and the family budget. Furthermore, he must’ve encouraged and respected her’two ingredients crucial to her operation of the thriving business discussed in the Proverb.
If your wife is to be free to succeed in her multifaceted role, you too must hear, respect, and support her. If you don’t, herr gifts will be blocked, and she won’t be able to answer God’s calling as the suitable helper Genesis 2:20 has placed upon her. Remember, guys: pressing your rights at the expense of God’s purposes is always wrong.
Your wife’s role of helpmate is her way of complementing your weaknesses, and ultimately, God’s way of blessing you! After all, the only things Proverbs 31 does say about the husband is that he’s respected at the city gate, and that he rises to call his wife blessed.