Prepping and the Christian Household: Proverbs 31 Husband and Wife
If there is a portion of Scripture that supports prepping and survival, it’s definitely located in Proverbs 31:10-31.
There is something I’ve thought about concerning it that is worthwhile discussing in regard to the Christian family prepping, and that is the Proverbs 31 husband, an almost completely ignored person in the narrative.
What’s so important about the husband, most obviously, is there wasn’t a Proverbs 31 husband there wouldn’t be a Proverbs 31 wife. More important, it is his provision that allows the Proverbs 31 wife to excel because she takes that which he provides and enlarges upon it, while making the correct decisions on how best to use it to supply for their household.
In other words, the husband is the main provider and she not only uses the capital to take care of the current needs of the household, but also takes that which is prudently left over and uses it to build a business, and invest what’s left.
The first reference to the husband is in verse 10, where it says this:
The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
The point there is he trusts her excellence and expertise which has been developed and is implied by his trust. It’s not like he married her and by virtue of the marriage he trusts her with the capital. She earned his trust by her obvious efficiency with money and dispersing it wisely in all areas of life associated with the family.
Consequently, she’s taking the income he provides and also generates gains after the family needs are taken care of.
Next is her attitude toward her husband, which can’t be separated from what she has to perceive as being excellent in character.
She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
There are some women who intentionally do harm to their husbands in our generation for a variety of reasons. This woman, because of her respect for her husband, wouldn’t think of doing him harm.
That’s not to suggest any woman should show disrespect to her husband, but the implication here is his trust in her, which is reinforced by allocating sufficient capital to her in order to work with, provides the environment of deep respect from her to him. This is triggered by acknowledging her abilities.
Next is the powerful statement of the type of man she married. The fact he was known in the gates means he was involved with leadership concerning dealing with the issues of the town he lived in, and the application of the laws of God to various circumstances that arose.
This applies to our day in various governments that are part of human existence, including family government. By developing her skills at taking capital and meeting the needs of the household while building the wealth of the family, the trust she engenders allows her husband to focus on matters outside the family. That also means he is able to give his attention and study to the laws and commands of God, learning them better and looking at ways to apply them as the need arise.
Her husband is known in the gates
when he sits among the elders of the land.
For a husband and man of his stature to rise and call her blessed, and then from hearing his praise of their mother, the children following his example, creates a virtuous circle where the excellence of the wife and mother is positively reinforced by those that matter most to her.
I also like how it’s spoken of many women having done excellently. That points to the fact the praise was real. If the idea of no other women doing excellently was communicated, it wouldn’t have the sense of being based in reality, and the praise would be undermined as a result.
The fact that she was identified as surpassing other very capable women was the strength of the praise.
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
Finally, the final verse in Proverbs 31 ends with her receiving the fruit of her hands. Among other things, I think this means she receives some of the increase of her work for her own private use.
To end with her works being praised in the gates means her husband would have had to talk to other elders of the city about her excellence. It would also mean her reputation in the town would have been strong and known by others. That in turn would have set an example for other women to follow.
Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.
While there is a lot of silliness surrounding the prepping industry, with many hardcore adherents prepping for major catastrophes that have very low chance of occurring, including the fantasy of alien invasions, the Proverbs 31 husband and wife look to everyday life and providing the needs of the household, and from there building up family wealth by the wife building a business and making investments that prepare them for anything that may come their way.
The Proverbs 31 husband was a big part of this, and the faithfulness and excellence of his wife allowed him to excel and do his job as elder in the city. Everyone in the region participated in the benefits from the excellence and work of both.
Prepping? This Christian family had it down to an art. They will not only survive but thrive because of preparing for the inevitable crises that happen in life.