Breakfast with Solomon - Proverbs 31:16
"She considers a field and buys it; from her earnings she plants a vineyard"
The description of a virtuous wife continues. In this verse it is clear that the wife who is the most help to her marriage is one who has as much – if not more – business savvy and sense as her husband. This woman is no shrinking violet.
In biblical times there was not the separation between business and family as there is today. Every business was a family business with the whole family engaged in the struggle to make ends meet and create a life for the whole family.
Only since the Industrial Revolution have we unnaturally separated home life and work life so that these two worlds are completely separate.
In this proverb, the virtuous wife has the authority to analyze the merits and demerits of a business decision – purchasing a field. She also has the authority to purchase it for the family business. She makes money on the transaction of the field and other endeavors and uses them to start another money-making business.
This woman is quiet. She is a leader alongside and in support of her husband. She is not isolated in the home. She is engaged with all her being in developing the full potential of her home.
Wives of the caliber of this woman are such an incredible support to their husbands, seeing the family as the business that everybody is in. Her insight, abilities, and giftings are invaluable for the optimum success of the family business.