Proverbs 31:16 “She considereth a field, and buyeth it:
with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.”
Being responsible, hardworking, entrepreneurial, and resourceful is not a simple assignment. However, the woman in Proverbs 31 is successful, powerful and independent because she chooses to be. She does not sit idly by and allow her husband to take control of the family’s fortune! Instead, she turns her own talents to raising the family up and making them prosperous, and God rewards her efforts. This verse is living proof that women have a complex role to play in the family in God’s plan for marriage, rather than simply being “housekeepers.” While there is nothing wrong with a woman staying home to raise her children, there is more to being a homemaker than just cooking! Further, this verse shows that God blesses women who prosper their families through hard work.
There are some people who believe that a “woman’s place is in the home,” but it is clear from Proverbs 31 that the virtuous woman is also a business woman. She takes on responsibility in choosing and buying the land with her own money, and she works outside the home when she plants the vineyard. She does not leave this for someone else; instead, she is resourceful and entrepreneurial in her investing and reinvesting to give her family the help they need in becoming successful financially.
The woman in Proverbs does not say to her husband, “Making the money for the family is your job. My job is to spend it.” She is not a spendthrift; there is nothing in this verse about going to the mall for the latest fashions! Instead, she helps her husband earn money because ultimately this money will support the family and, in turn, enrich her as well.
Proverbs 31 describes a woman who is able to help her family financially. Among the Parker Valley Sisters, Sondra is the first to realize that she must be successful, powerful and independent if she wants the family to stay together. However, before the series is over, both Jennifer and Claira will learn that they, too, have a role to play in making their family successful and supporting each other through trials and problems. By working hard, all of these women discover that they can help their families succeed both financially and spiritually.