‘He will have no lack of gain.’ So far the concept of us handling the finances and making meaningful contributions in this area has been brought up quite a bit. As I have stated before this virtuous woman will look different for all of us. Elizabeth George supports her husband in one way by handling their bills and balancing their check book. This may not be the same way that you or I contribute to this aspect of our family. Some women go to a job outside of the home, some do not. Some women handle the bills, some do not. This can all be different for each of us but one thing will stay the same between all of us Virtuous-Women-Want-to-Bes. The characteristic of financially responsible can still be a virtue attributed to all of us regardless of what it looks like for each of us.
Let’s first take a look at Ruth for how she contributed to the financial health of her family. Her time in Bethlehem was not all about finding a new man. She stuck with Naomi as her family. In Ruth 2:2 she says “Let me go to the fields and pick up the leftover grain behind anyone in whose eyes I find favor.” In Leviticus 19:9-10 God set up the act of gleaning for the less fortunate to have a way to work to bring food home to feed their families. It was the left overs from the harvesters. It was a way for those who couldn’t afford much to earn what they did get. In those days the thought of living off the government wasn’t quite what it is today. Even those without much, worked for what they got. God didn’t want there to be an excuse for us not to earn our own keep. In Proverbs 10:4 the Bible says ‘Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.’ As we see with the gleaning, God sets up ways in advance for us to work to earn our blessings. This principle goes with spiritual and earthly blessings. In Ephesians 2:10 the Bible says ‘For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’ God has not created us to be lazy and do nothing. He sets ways up for us be able to help with our family finances the same way He sets up ways for us to work for His great calling of reaching the lost. 2000 years ago He gave us gleaning. Today we have coupons, numerous books on how to set up budgets, the ability to find jobs doing just about anything, and the list goes on.
The second thing I would like to look at is a statement from the book that hit hard. She brings up that one virtue we learn from financial responsibility is ‘self-control’. “Usually the one person you have to especially watch if you’re going to save money is yourself!” Yep, isn’t that the truth. I like to shop and TJ Maxx and Ross are two of my favorite stores. Amazing shoes, housewares, clothes, and so on, all at great prices and the cutest styles around. How can you turn down a purse from Betsy Ross?! However, just having the knowledge of our finances and keeping that in mind when we have the desire to buy that new purse or amazing pair of shoes that happen to be on sale from $90 to $30 can help ease your husband’s mind and help him know that ‘he will have no lack of gain’ with you by his side. He can trust in you to put your family’s finances and future first. He can trust that you will know when to say ‘no’ to that SUPER cute top because your bank account just took a hit from that new fence to keep the kiddo safe in the back yard. In today’s society it is all about instant gratification and having bigger and better things than our neighbor. In Hebrews 13:5 (NKJV) it says ‘Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have.’ Don’t desire what others have. Desire what God wants. Our obedience to God is going to make you a blessing to your husband and yourself.
At the end of this Chapter, Elizabeth George has us glance back at Proverbs 31:10-31. ‘Ask God’s Spirit to open your eyes to the many references to this beautiful woman’s thrifty and wise money management. She was truly an unfailing prize to her husband and a tribute to her God.’ If you have any tips for savings or money management, please share them below or on our Facebook page. Note what God opened your eyes to.