by Robert Brock

Wednesday, June 26

A Virtuous Woman

Proverbs 31:10-31

“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies,” Proverbs 31:10.

My amazing wife says it is virtually impossible for one woman to be and do all the things in this passage without a staff of servants and lots of money. She advises women to love Jesus and do the best they can with what God has provided. This is a king’s mother trying to teach her wealthy, spoiled, wayward son what kind of woman would be his best choice. Solomon married seven hundred idolatrous, vindictive women and three hundred concubines. If he had taken his mother’s advice and married a sweet Christian woman, he would have been a superman in Bible history.

The virtuous woman is committed to her man until death, not afraid of work, a careful shopper, gets the best deal and makes sure everyone is fed, buys real estate and farms it. She’s strong, a homemaker, not a slouch; she sews her family’s clothing; she’s compassionate, sharing her bounty with the helpless. She makes sure all members of her family have coats in winter. She takes care of herself and wears stylish clothing. Her husband shows up in court with starched and ironed clothes and everyone knows he would be nothing without her. She’s got a sewing factory in her house and haggles with marketers to get the best price for her goods. She is strong and faithful; one can trust her word; her advice is wise—not silly. Considering others, she takes care of her family’s needs, deserves other’s praise and thanks. She knows she is a classy lady; she puts God first, her husband second, her family third, others fourth, herself last. Her life screams her character. She’s a sermon on foot.

THOUGHT: If any single man can find a Christian woman with all these virtues, she is more precious than rubies.

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