Did the Proverbs 31 Woman Worry?


Matthew 6:34: Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Luke 12:25: Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?


It is noteworthy that Proverbs 31 repeats in two different verses how our role model viewed the future. Depending on the translation she smiled, laughed, or rejoiced. Matthew wrote, Don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries; but the Proverbs 31 woman had a different outlook—she rejoiced!

She had confidence because she knew that her life was in God’s hands. She smiled at the future because she was right with God. She accepted her own mortality, and knew that her principles were not only good enough to live by, but also good enough to die by.

She smiled at the future for her household because all things were in order. Her children were properly brought up, and she helped her husband to be the best he could be. They were all better because of her impact on their lives.

No doubt, she experienced genuine concerns, but if she allowed her imagination to take over, the situation would quickly become a catastrophe. She realized that imaginary problems are harder to deal with than the real thing. She took the words “what if” out of her vocabulary, and she turned everything over to God.

She believed that God would listen to her concerns. Instead of fretting she tried to concentrate on the blessings in her life. She accepted situations. She knew that God put her where He wanted her to be. Rather than questioning Him, she adopted a stance of quiet and serene acceptance.

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