Proverbs 31:14 (Food Provider)

TITLE: Food Provider
Text: Read Proverbs 31:14
Date: 05 August 2012
Written by: Conrade Yap

“She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.” (Proverbs 31:14, NIV)


In many cultures, women are normally the ones who hound the kitchen, who work the ovens, and feeds the family. It is the natural instinct of mothers to ensure the children are well fed. It is the desire of most wives to keep their husbands satisfied. The proverb today likens the good wife as one who seeks to bring food like a merchant ship. Translated in modern terms, they do the groceries. They buy fresh meat and vegetables. They keep a healthy supply of fruits and other nutritious supplements despite their busyness. I remember my mum who will spare no effort to make sure that we get the best kinds of food. She remembers exactly what all of us like to eat. She does all the shopping, all the preparation work, all the cooking, and all the serving. Having done all of that, she even does all the cleaning up!

Blessed is the one who has mothers who not only provides, but provides for the family wholeheartedly and joyfully.

Thought: “You can never be happily married to another until you get a divorce from yourself. Successful marriage demands a certain death to self.” (Jerry McCant)

Time for Reflection: Put the interests of others above self. This applies to marriage especially.



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