Houses and riches are inherited from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the Lord. I don’t know about you, but I would love to be a prudent wife to a man someday – to be treated as a gift from the Lord. But, what does a prudent wife look like?
According to the dictionary, a prudent woman is one who is “wise or judicious in practical affairs; discreet or circumspect; sober; careful in providing for the future.” The Hebrew word used in this passage means to act circumspectly (to be watchful, discreet, cautious, and well-considered).
But what does this look like in real life? As I studied this verse, one area that stood out to me the most is finances. There seem to be two types of wives (and people in general!): the savers and the spenders.
There are wives who spend as quickly as their household income comes in (especially when the husband is the primary breadwinner). In today’s world, there is a pressure to “keep up” – expensive beauty rituals, Pottery Barn-worthy houses, and designer clothes for the whole family. Very few people today can actually truly afford such lavish lifestyles, and many families end up living outside their means on credit or barely surviving paycheck to paycheck.
Then there are women who are more frugal with their household finances – they know how to keep a budget, when to find something on sale and when to invest in quality, and how to live within their means.
Whether you’re single or married, take stock of how you manage your finances. Even if you’re in high school and only have an allowance, how do you spend your money? Do you have a budget or do you spend how much you want on whatever you want? Are you able to discern what is a want and a need? Can you spot quality or do you tend to hoard quantity just for the sake of having stuff? Do you help the poor with your finances even when you don’t have much? Do you know what the Bible says about money and personal finance?
The way you live financially today in your single or dating life, is the way you’ll live as a wife. If you find yourself being more of the spender who is trying to keep up with the World by constantly buying, take steps today to educate yourself on personal finance and to rehab your financial life.