In today’s bonus episode we look at Lemuel’s Mother. Don’t remember her? She’s the author of the famous 31st Proverb.
If not for Lemuel’s Mother and Proverbs 31, there wouldn’t be an All God’s Women podcast. You see, it all began about 2 years ago when I started a monthly Bible study luncheon at my house. I chose Proverbs 31 as the focus of our first 6 months. And as I prepared for my first lesson, I was surprised to discover it was advice given to King Lemuel by his mother.
Once we finished with Proverbs 31, we went on in our study to focus on other Bible women. Then Covid hit, and we couldn’t meet in person. I decided to take my study in a new direction, and that’s when All God’s Women was birthed.
We tend to look at Proverbs 31 as this impossible to achieve perfection that we must all strive for, and it is, in fact, a description of a virtuous woman. But this was not one woman that we’re all trying to imitate. This was in reality, an acrostic poem helping the king to understand what a godly woman looks like so that he would look for the traits of hardworking and thrifty, wise and thoughtful rather than just chasing after beauty. Because we all know that “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” Her worth is far above rubies.
Proverbs 31 is a wonderful message for every single woman. For mothers of sons, it is a reminder that we need to actually teach our sons what to look for in girlfriends and in their choice of wife. For mothers of daughters, it’s a reminder that we need to train up our daughters so that they are equipped to do all that a Proverbs 31 woman does, making sure they know that they will not excel in all areas, but using it as a model to strive after. And for all of us, it is a reminder of who we were designed to me. Will we ever be the ideal Proverbs 31? No, but can we exhibit traits of her? Can we give it our best to focus on these qualities rather than those that the world says is most important?
I hate that the English translation loses the catchiness of the original acrostic. But we can still read and reread this valuable proverb so that we might inspire to greatness.
Thank you, King Lemuel, for passing on the words of your mother so that men and women forevermore might learn from them.
Lord God, thank you for preserving the wonderful advice given to King Lemuel by his mother. Thank you for this picture of what we should aspire to be. Thank You for Your mercy when we fall short of who You would have us to be. Thank You for loving us despite our many shortcomings. We love You. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.