Worth More than Rubies
By Carin LeRoy –
When I was in high school, I had a friend who always wore the latest styles. One day she sported another new outfit. When I asked about her latest garment she said, “My Dad just got paid so my mom and I went shopping and spent his whole check on new clothes.” Years later, I heard a conversation in which one woman went on a shopping spree and then came home and hid everything under the bed before her husband saw it. She knew he would not be happy with her. I doubt that either of these husbands wanted to trust their wives with the paycheck due to their lack of financial restraint. Impulsive shopping shows lack of control and discipline, and many marriages have folded under the pressure of overspending. The number one cause for divorce is financial issues.
In Proverbs 12:4 we read, “A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.” God values a woman of prudence and character. She is a woman marked by self control. Her husband believes in her skills and trusts her to make wise decisions. He has no reason for worry or concern because he knows she will act with good judgment.
If you are a wife, how well does your husband trust you? Do you give him cause for concern, or does he trust in your ability to use good judgment? Don’t be a wife whose husband worries about your spending habits. Be a prudent manager of your household and the wife whose husband shows confidence and trust in your skills. It not only makes for a better marriage, but it is highly valued by God.
PRAYER: Lord, help me to be a wife that shows self control and good management skills. Protect me from frivolous spending and develop habits that will honor You and build trust and peace in my marriage.
“Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the Lord” (Proverbs 19:14 NIV).