A Virtuous Women……
The above link is to the bible study I am currently looking at…….
Pro 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
I have all ready looked at rubies.You can find that in a previous post..titled of course….Rubies. I learned that Rubies are more precious than I thought. More so, even than a diamond….so rare, that if the right ruby is found, it can bring triple what a diamond of equal quality could get at an auction. God knew that rubies were rare and even more precious than a diamond…..Maybe I am the only one who thinks this way……But I often wondered why God chose to use a ruby in that verse, rather than a diamond. Hmmm…Now I know. Consider …..“her price is far above rubies.” How many times have we read in verses with statements like this verse…..and wondered….Why did God choose that particular phrase? When we finally read and thoroughly study the matter ……we find outGod was right all along and we just thought maybe God made a mistake?
I call these “duh” moments. I have never particularly been a fan of rubies….so I just thought…”Oh, that is nice….but I don’t like red.” I told you that I don’t always think.
It has been said that Columbus wasn’t afraid when he set off in search of the America’s….He all ready knew that the earth was round….there was no sailing off the edge of the earth….which of course was an idea born out of superstition. Rumor has it….Chris read it in scripture.
How many modern scientific discoveries have we found, were all ready mentioned in scripture….Job is practically littered with science. Dinosaurs that lived during the time of man…. the life of man is in the blood…fingerprints…no two fingerprints are alike……So….If God wants to tell me that ” a virtuous women’s price is far above rubies?” Who am I to argue…. a ruby is less precious than a diamond….when I know the opposite to be the truth.
I have a friend that prefers diamonds. I actually prefer sapphires, to wear that is…….but if I am a virtuous women…..my worth is greater than that of a ruby…..
Sooo…what does it mean to be virtuous? Well, here is the definition of virtuousness from Nancy Rowley’s study……
Definition of Virtuousness: goodness, righteous, purity. A conforming to standards of what is right and just and to approved codes of behavior; goodness implies inherent qualities of kindness, benevolence, and generosity.
The virtuous woman is a woman of strength; though the weaker vessel, she is yet made strong by wisdom and grace and fear of God. Perhaps one reason for the rarity of a virtuous woman is that she is seldom sought. Too often the search is made for accomplishments and external qualities rather than for godly internal worth.
Good,righteous, pure, kind, benevolent, generous, strong thru wisdom, grace and fear of God, conforming to what is right and just…….seldom sought.
My great grandfather used to say…”There are two kinds of women in the world. The kind you would take to the gin joints and the kind you would take home to meet Mom.”
I was trying to think of all the women, I know, have personal knowledge of…seen their testimony…how they are with their families and friends. Are they given to gossip… cliquey groups….did they dress to show off…or did they dress to please God…..were they double minded? I came up with a handful of women that I would have truly considered virtuous women….at some point in my life….they had become my mentor’s. They were examples of the older women teaching the younger women…according to 1 Timothy.
I am so thankful that God brought these women into my life….that I had the chance to be taught…. most of the time, not even knowing.
Those are the women I want to be like when I grow up, that is…..Oh, they are not perfect…..but they emulate that Proverbs 31 women from the heart.
Make a list….What do you see in your life that would lead other’s to think you are the women in verse 10…..When others around you look at you….would they consider you a virtuous women? If so….then you are on the right path….and someone taught you well….and you are doing what God commanded and are teaching the younger women……
If not….it isn’t too late to work on becoming her……examine your life, look into your heart…. seek God’s wisdom. Ask the Lord to open your eyes and heart….. to show you what needs to be changed and change it.
Can you look back and find one women in your life who emulated that verse…feel free to share what she did for you….
My example…..is the lady who became what I fondly call, my ‘dopted mother, best friend, and surrogate big sister. Her life is so remarkable, there is no way to tell you fully, everything about her……She grew up like I did….abused in every way…..but even worse….she was spiritually abused…someone took something so precious as the Word of God….and by taking out of context and misusing these precious verses…..beat her down, raped her and several other women in the church…repeatedly. She was only around 16-17 years of age when this started.
To meet this women…..is to know the joy of loving and serving God, seeing a work done in a life that is by far unparalleled to anything I have ever seen. She is a beacon, a shining light in a world that has so few…..she has the simple faith of a child….trusting God in all things….good and bad, knowing that thru it all…His Glory and purpose will shine thru.
She is so gentle and loving……When God takes her home, a light will go out….I told her once that if I could be just a fraction of the person she is and have the affect she has had on other people for the good of the Lord….I will feel like I did something right…..If I can exemplify the faith she has shown in her life and the faith she has in me…..imagine the work God could do in me and thru me……
Okay….that’s enough for now….I am going to be moving on to the next verse sometime next week maybe….I have some more things to share…but I don’t have it all together yet…….
I am not going to go over the whole lesson in my blog….I am doing it in a notebook and will share as I am lead to share….