A Wife of Noble Character who can find? I love how this chapter opens! “She is worth more than rubies!” What a declaration! Immediately we see how valuable a woman of God truly is, not only to God, but to her family and in her home!
In Genesis, when God was nearing the completion of creation, we read that something just wasn’t quite right after he breathed life into man. We see that man needed a companion, a partner, a helpmate. And thus we (woman) were formed from the rib of man- to walk along side and to complete. This was Gods marvelous design- the crown of creation, the icing on the cake- WOMAN. And He saw that it was good.
If you struggle with this Proverbs chapter, and you start pulling out your measuring tape as you read the verses of this chapter (like I once used to do) dear brother or sister, let me stop you. Let me remind you that God first created YOU uniquely and He saw that it was good. He says that you are good. That truth will never change.
The most amazing thing about this chapter, that I think is often misunderstood, is that it describes the God inspired characteristics of a woman of God. We can look at this chapter not as a laundry list of descriptions that we must constantly measure up to, but instead as a guide for the extraordinary character that we can attribute ourselves, both as a single woman and as a married woman.
When we align our hearts with the heart of God, and spend our lives walking in His ways and studying His faithful instruction for our lives, we step into this obedience that produces these characteristics naturally, and the blessings described in this chapter have no choice but to follow.
v.17 She sets about her work vigorously and her arms are strong for her tasks.
Whatever God has gifted us to do, our work, our tasks which we take pride in we set about it, and God gives us the strength to see it through.
v.23 Her husband is respected at the city gate…
We bring our husbands and our families honor, and they are respected.
v.25 She is clothed with strength and dignity, she can laugh at the days to come
v.26 She speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction is on her tongue
Because we our faith is steadfast we can take heart in the power of God and do not buckle under pressure or succumb to sin. His word is constantly on our hearts and on our lips and wisdom flows from our mouths.
v.30 Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised
Though the world around us may tell us that charm and beauty and sex gain us all the things we are missing we know that these things do not last, they are temporary and in time will lead to pain and spiritual death. But a woman who instead reveres the Lord is alone a silent testimony.
God, thank You for Your word. Thank You that in You and You alone we find our strength, our purpose, and our identity. God I pray that your word would pierce our hearts and supersede the ways of the world. In your name we pray! Amen!