Monday, May 3, 2010

Proverbs 31:11

As I've mentioned before, I'm participating in a blog discussion of sorts that Kristen at Bringing Up Benjamin started a few weeks ago. Each week we are discussing a verse about to become godly women. Last week (well, almost two weeks ago now) we discussed Proverbs 31:10, and this week we are discussing the next verse, Proverbs 31:11. I know I'm a week behind, but I had a good reason (I'll write about that tomorrow). For now though, here are some thoughts about Proverbs 31:11.

Far Above Rubies

Proverbs 31:11 (NKJV): "The heart of her husband safely trusts her, so he will have no lack of gain."

This verse brings out an important quality in the marriage relationship: trust, and more specifically, trust with financial dealings. The virtuous wife is trustworthy with financial matters - her husband does not fear that she will cause him "spoil" (KJV).

Financial matters seem to cause major issues in so many marriages in the world today whether it be from a lack of communication regarding financial matters or poor financial handling or even an ungodly desire for more money. As a godly woman, I should be wise in my financial dealings and my husband should not have any concern for how I handle financial matters; in fact, he should be able to trust me completely. I should be wise and responsible in how I spend money, and there should always be communication between me and my husband with financial dealings. I should not put pressure on my husband to spend money unwisely or unnecessarily. I know I have been guilty of this in the past, and I certainly hope that I can improve on this in the future. I also should not have an ungodly desire for money that could possibly cause my husband to be pressured into taking a job that requires him to spend too much time away from our family or from faithfully attending services.

One way I'm trying to do a better job handling finances is through my shopping. I have been working hard over the past few months (although I admit I've been slacking a bit lately) to find ways to reduce the amount of money we may have carelessly spent in the past by not planning or simply paying attention as we should. Couponing has gone a long way to helping us reduce the amount of money we spend on everyday items like groceries and toiletries. I don't claim to be a couponing expert - I'm still learning myself - but I have certainly come a long way in reducing the amount of money we spend on those items.

On a slightly different note, I wanted to mention a great Bible resource I used while working on this lesson. E-sword is a free Bible program that you can download to your computer. Several versions of the Bible are available for free as add-ons, although there are a few you have to pay a small fee to add to the program (I think it is worth it to pay to add these on).