Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. –Proverbs 31:10
A woman of virtue is a woman who possesses moral standards of an honest, righteous character. She also has a character of humility, self-control, meekness, long-suffering and strength.
A woman of virtue – Proverb 31: 11 says, “The heart of her husband safely trusts her….”
This woman is responsible in dealing with the affairs of her home and in life. Taking account for the resources in her possession, for she knows they were entrusted to her by God. She does not waste her efforts, her time, food, clothes, finances, etc. She does not “charge” all the items she buys in the store, putting her family in unnecessary debt and stress. Instead she uses the home’s resources wisely and in discretion, and her husband knows this. And because has won the trust of her husband or those near to her, she is given more responsibilities and favor!
She does him [her husband] good and not evil, All the days of her life. – Proverbs 31:12
Sue may make the statement. “I am a strong woman.” She works hard, has a good job, high prospects and perhaps is manager of her business. Yet she plots and secretly demeans her husband. Tells others, “he’s lazy, good-for-nothing, trash… (you name it)” Sue may be hardworking, but Sue is not a woman of virtue. Rather than complaining, nay-saying, or condemning her husband, a virtuous wife uplifts, edifies and compliments him with her words. “Thank you for all you do.” “I appreciate you doing that: throwing out the trash or cleaning the dishes.” Gossip, no matter how big or entertaining it is, a woman of virtue pursues edifying, compliments and lifting up others by her words. She also displays acts of kindness, grace and love, because she does him [her husband] good! This is her strength and trademark: to show grace and kindness to others.
She is like the merchant ships, She brings her food from afar. – Proverbs 31:14
Growing up, sometimes I wondered why my mom had to go to certain places, stores or salons, because they were usually on the other side of town. Looking back now I see the reason behind her decision: Mom wanted the best of everything. Her dresses were of a certain standard (And the shoe and hats that matched). She dishes and knives were of a certain standard. Even food, she want of particular types. She didn’t purchase them from anyone, anyhow. She was and still is this way. I am blessed to have her as my mom.
A woman of virtue seeks the best things for herself and loved ones, even if she has to go the distance to get it.
A woman of virtue “girds herself with strength, and strengthens her arms.” – Proverbs 31:17
Do you know what the purpose of a girdle is? A girdle is a tough, flexible cloth that gives support and frame to ones abdomen and back. This woman girds herself with strength. She strengthens her back and arms. She is active, consistently working, always gathering supplies, always working hard. She is strong, but she is also a tower of strength to those around her. Others can seek consolation and encouragement from her. They flock her, for they are blessed by her generosity. She gives hope to dead circumstances by the words of her mouth.
Before we begin to assume that this woman of virtue and strength acquired all these traits on her own, let me state that she recognizes where her strength lies; who is the source of it.
The Lord God[He] is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet,
And He will make me walk on my high hills. – Habakkuk 3:19
The woman of virtue and strength receive her strength from God. Her Lord and King.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to do things on my own strength to come to find out that it fizzles and fades along with the task I’m doing. We get tired sometimes! We are weak and frail, but God, at our moment of exhaustion provides us with strength!
Remember Hagar, maid to Abraham and Sarah. When she and Ishmael her son were sent away from Sarah, they reached a point in their journey where had no more water. No water and they were faint. Then God sent an angel and Hagar saw a fountain of water in the desert, and they were strengthen! Our God is faithful to sustain, provide and strengthen his people! He is worthy of our praises!
Father, I realize that my own strength and ability will not sustain and last. I need your help. Help me become a woman of virtue and strength, honoring to you, relying and depending on you.
In Jesus’ name.
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