Have you ever wondered if everything in the Bible is true? I’m fairly certain there are some disgruntled husbands who read this verse and doubt the reliability of God’s Word. “A wife is a good thing? Are you sure?” they might ask.
While this proverb doesn’t say, “He who finds a good wife finds a good thing,” it is clearly implied—or presupposed—based on the greater context of the Book of Proverbs. In fact, the book contains many proverbs that speak to the value and benefits of finding a good wife (Proverbs 12:4; 14:1; 19:14; 31:10–12). Proverbs also warns of the dangers and potential consequences of marrying a bad or foolish wife. Solomon describes a “disgraceful wife” as decay in her husband’s bones (Proverbs 12:4) and “the dripping of a leaky roof in a rainstorm” (Proverbs 27:15).
But what is a good wife? Well, a good wife is a woman of wisdom, one who fears the Lord and seeks Him with all her heart. The implication in the original language is that the wife in question is one who earns the good adjective. She is virtuous, full of grace, and passionate about the things of God. It’s this dedication to the Lord and understanding of who she is in Him that allows her to function as a helpful companion and partner to her husband.
A good wife is a great blessing to her husband, a blessing from the Lord. She is a true partner who completes her husband as Eve did Adam—we’re talking “flesh of my flesh” and “bone of my bone” completion! Husband, honor your wife by loving her like Jesus does! Wife, keep running the race with perseverance. A wise husband and a good wife will thrive in their God-given roles and function together as the one-flesh team they were created to be.
DIG: Are you honoring your spouse by seeking God first in your own life and functioning within the role God designed for you?
DISCOVER: In what ways does your spouse fulfill the call God gave him or her as your partner and companion? How can you empower your spouse to continue to grow in that role? What can you do to continue to grow as one flesh?
DISPLAY: Take time today to pray for your spouse and honor him or her. Ask God to reveal areas that need growth and attention in your relationship.