A lot of attention is given to the qualities of a godly woman, as spelled out in Proverbs 31. I have believe that the virtues espoused in this passage are good ones, and my hope and prayer are that I continue to grow in that direction.
But here’s the question I have: what about the man? Does the Bible have anything to say about what a godly man should look like?
Yes, it does! I’m glad you asked. 😀 Consider this passage from Psalm 112:
Ladies, this is the kind of man you want as your husband, father, brother, or friend. The righteous man thrives because of the rock-solid foundation of trust and faith that he has in the Lord; he is confident, firm, and assured. This man possesses equal measures of fortitude, resilience, and integrity.
I’ll say it again: The Psalm 112 man is not weak. This is not to say that the man will never encounter any difficulty; in fact, toward the end of the passage, the Bible says that the man “looks in triumph on his adversaries,” which seems to indicate that he must have had an enemy or two.
This reading from Psalm 112 gives me hope. It reminds me that there are men like this out there, who are great husbands, fathers, brothers, and friends. They seek the Lord with their whole heart, and in response, God prospers them with timely wisdom and discernment.
If the Lord determines that I should marry one day – and I pray that I will have that privilege – then my sincere hope is that God sends me this kind of man.
Generally speaking, I desire to be around people who are intentionally seeking God, and are looking for meaningful ways to live out Jesus’s mandate to “love your neighbor as yourself.”
In the meantime, I am grateful for the hope found in these verses from Psalm 112! God literally gives us word-for-word instructions about how to spot a godly man. Note that I say “godly,” but not perfect! None of us is perfect – each of us is a work in progress, and by God’s grace, we’re not where we used to be.
So I’m not looking for perfection – to quote a good friend of mine, I’m looking for evidence of progress.
I hope that the people in my circle of influence are intentionally seeking healing, restoration, and growth through a deepening relationship with the Lord. After all, I seek after these things, too! I’m grateful that the Lord has already brought wonderful, spiritually-minded people into my life – friends, loved ones, and church family – an ideal blend of wise Proverbs 31 women and discerning Psalm 112 men. I am indeed very blessed.
Dear Lord, thank You for this fantastic passage from Psalm 112, as it shows me what I should look for in a godly man. Help me to keep a discerning eye out for the immature, and selfish person; after all, such an individual may cross my path, but I need to remember that he/she isn’t necessarily walking in the same direction that I am.
Finally, renew my heart and mind so that I can be the Proverbs 31 woman that You’ve called me to be. In Christ’s name I pray, Amen.