Posted by danieljkoren on January 10, 2012 in Devotional
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“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.” (Proverbs 31:10, King James)
Many women feel overwhelmed when reading the qualifications of the perfect wife as listed in Proverbs 31. She gets up early, she stays up late, she grows her own vegetables, she earns extra income from home, she makes good meals for her family, she dresses them well, and she makes her husband proud. Whew! Many women get overwhelmed just reading about such energy.
While many argue that the Proverbs 31 woman is just a legend, the Bible gives us an example of such a wife. No, it wasn’t Eve. It wasn’t Mrs. Noah either. In fact, this woman was working on her second marriage. She grew up in a heathen nation with no Bible stories, no prayer meetings, no devotions with her parents. She was poor. And she was stuck dealing with a depressing mother-in-law.
Yet, in spite of all her obstacles, her husband-to-be truthfully told her, “all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman” (Ruth 3:11). The Moabitess Ruth, above all the women in the Old Testament, was called a woman of great value. In fact, the Hebrew Bible places the Book of Ruth directly after Proverbs in answer to the hanging question of “Who can find a virtuous woman?”
What made her a woman of great value? First, Ruth wanted God in her life more than anything. She learned to cheerfully deal with difficult circumstances. She learned to let God fight her battles. She learned to care for her home and family. She learned the wonder of being part of God’s plan with humanity. She learned that true love can be found in this life and that the “heart of her husband doth safely trust in her” (Proverbs 31:11). Ladies, it doesn’t matter your past, God can perfect you into His image. Married or single, divorced or widowed, a woman who pursues Jesus and His plan will become a precious treasure.
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