He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord (Proverbs 18:22). 

Knowing his son is destined for the throne, Solomon earnestly desired for Rehoboam to find an excellent wife. (I hasten to stipulate that when the king penned this proverb, he felt that way. Later in his life he would not follow his own advice!) Such a quest and attainment— to make the right marital choice—would be favourable in his father’s eyes and God’s. Notice what often results when a man marries a great, godly, supportive woman: 

Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land (Proverbs 31:23). 

The age-old adage, “Behind every successful man there is a strong woman,” can be proven by examining many of the great men of history; the precept is way truer than not. A wife with the aforementioned qualities makes for a most valuable teammate who enables the maximization of her husband’s abilities. In a Jamesian sense, he will not be a double-minded man. Solomon desperately desired a highly valuable wife for his son. The following somewhat redundant Proverbs underscore the importance of this point: 

An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels (Proverbs 31:10). 

An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who shames him is like rottenness in his bones (Proverbs 12:4). 

Author: Godfrey Gregg

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