Proverbs 31 gives examples of how a godly wife should act. But did you know that it can also apply to the Church’s relationship with God? The Bible often compares the relationship that Christ followers have with the Creator to marriage, with Him being the groom and the Church being the bride. The Church isn’t a building where you go, but a people who you are a part of. Every person who has been saved through Jesus is a part of the Church, and we all have been called on by God to live lives full of valor.
Proverbs 31:10-12—Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies. Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
By replacing some of the words in Proverbs 31, we can get a clear picture of the way that God expects us to act as His bride. Proverbs 31:17 says, “She is energetic and strong, a hard worker.” We could put that into Church terms this way: “The Church is energetic and strong, full of hard workers.” Verse 26 could say, “When the Church speaks, their words are wise…”
The imagery in Proverbs 31 is of a woman who is secure in who she is, respects and has confidence in her husband, and lives as a person of valor. They have a rich, strong relationship. And God looks for the same thing in His Church, those He has called out to do great things in His name. He wants us to be secure in Him, sure of our faith and the promises He has made.
Revelation 19:7-9—Let us be glad and rejoice, and let us give honor to him.
For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself. She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear.” For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people. And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” And he added, “These are true words that come from God.”
This passage in Revelation talks about a wedding that the Church, the bride, can look forward to. The godly wife of Proverbs 31 is who we as the Church need to strive to be for our Creator: a powerful people who live with diligence and determination, capable of doing all sorts of incredible things, willing to live with valor and bravery, and always looking forward to what is still yet to come.
For more on being a people of valor, watch my first teaching of Kingdom Valor.