By H.W. Bass
Women have been routinely oppressed in society over most of the past few millenia, but there is evidence in the Bible that says that women are to be lifted up and treated as just as strong as anyone else. The Proverbs 31 woman is something that every girl should be taught to to be because she is the woman that makes the world go ’round.
Yes, Proverbs 31 calls this woman a “wife of noble character,” but there is more to it than that. She “works with eager hands.” What does this mean? It means she has a job. It means that she is capable, and every woman on the planet should be treated as if she is capable. If a girl wants to play baseball against boys, let her. She may well end up being the best player on the field. In my son’s first baseball game of the season yesterday, the THREE best players on the field were all girls. Food for thought.
She uses “her own earnings” to “plant a vineyard.” Her “lamp does not go out at night.” Plus, she “extends her arms to the needy.” This kind of woman must be nurtured everyday in a society where women and girls are objectified and scorned if they do not have a husband or children by a certain age. The woman who follows her own path, uses her own wages to plant her own vineyard should be roundly applauded for being herself rather than what society wants her to be.
At the time that the Bible was written and documented, women were not the pillars of society, men were. However, the woman that God wants a girl to grow up to be is strong, able, caring and someone who will be praised. Let’s teach our girls to be who God made them to be and not what society wants them to be.