Yesterday we discussed how the many characteristics of the Proverbs 31 Woman can be compared to as pearls on the strand of our life. Today we are focusing on the pearls of Virtue, Faithfulness and Goodness found in verses 10, 11 and 12.
“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.”
Virtuous…strength, efficiency, ability. Virtue refers to our moral strength and our strength of character. We fear God; we love the truth and hate sin. We seek God’s will for our lives and follow His way. We are strong women…made strong by our devotion to God. There are two choices for us to make as wives…either contribute to the good of our husbands or tear him down.
A virtuous woman is hard to find. Her “price is far above rubies.” Precious stones are costly because they are so rare. They are hard to find and, therefore, are worth so much. Did you know that God made the most common, everyday stones unattractive, but He made the rare stones beautiful? Just as rare stones are hard to find, so is a godly woman.
“The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.”
Faithfulness…are we trustworthy? Can our husbands trust us to take care of things while he’s at work? This can’t be said of most husbands today. Having the trust of our husband is the first step in building a strong God-honoring marriage. Our husband’s care is our concern, his comfort is our passion and his burdens are ours to relieve.
“She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.”
Goodness…kindness, generosity. We should only want God’s best for our husbands. Our lives should be a blessing to him. Do we speak kindly to him? We should never speak evil of him so that our children learn to distrust or disrespect him because of what we say. Do we silently mock him or complain about him to our friends?
I personally made verse 12 my prayer about five years ago…and what a change it has made in my marriage! Tomorrow’s pearls…WILLING WORKER, GOOD MANAGER AND INDUSTRIOUS.