Last week I introduced a new series for wives (and future wives) based on the ideal wife of Proverbs 31. If you missed last week's post, you'll want to click over and read it first, so we'll be on the same page as we go into this series together.
Often women are intimidated by this exemplary woman and refuse to learn from her, but I want to encourage you that while the standard may be high, it's not out of reach! When we allow God to work in our lives, He can be trusted to mold us and make us into women of great value! That means that you (yes, you!) can become a woman of excellence and virtue, just like the highly esteemed woman of Proverbs 31!
Please join me each Monday for the next 21 weeks as we examine the character and wisdom of this noble woman and learn how we can each become a Model P31!
Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. ~ Proverbs 31:10
The adjective describing this woman has been translated virtuous, excellent, noble in character, capable, and good in various translations of the Bible. The actual Hebrew word chayil means strength, might, wealth, or army, and when used elsewhere in Scripture is most often translated as army or men of valor.
So, when I think of this woman, I think of a woman who is strong, capable, courageous and worth an entire army to her family and her nation! In fact, her value is priceless!
I've always wondered why the virtuous woman was not compared to a diamond, instead of a ruby. But a little research taught me that a top quality 1-carat ruby is worth twice as much as a 1-carat diamond! In fact, I learned that a clear, transparent, and faultless ruby of a uniform deep-red color is the most valuable precious stone known to man! Such rubies are the rarest of the most precious gemstones and a large (5 carats or more) translucent ruby is worth millions of dollars!
In a price survey done by the International Gem Society, top color gems in the 1/2 to 1 carat size are being sold, retail, on the Internet with a range of $1000 to $3000/ct. A synthetic replica may sell for around $30.
Like a ruby, a woman can take on the outer appearance of a godly woman, but unless God is forming her inner character, she is a counterfeit!
Through our own effort, we may be able to become a sparkly, man-made, discount-store "ruby" -- but only God can create a truly valuable gem! In addition, if you know anything about gem formation, these precious stones are generally formed below the earth's surface as a result of extreme heat and pressure. A model P31 is formed in the same way -- beneath the surface, deep in her heart that God is shaping, and through the daily trials and pressures that He is orchestrating to help fashion her into His likeness!
That's why we are instructed to count it all joy when we encounter various trials, knowing that God is using them to shape us and perfect us. He wants to present us faultless and without spot or blemish!
Hopefully, learning about the rarity and value of a high quality natural ruby will help you grasp what a treasure the virtuous woman is!
Project P31, Mission #1:
Our mission for this week to focus on what's going on "beneath the surface" of our lives. Are we spending time with the Lord and in His Word, learning to think His thoughts and value what He values? Are we carefully monitoring what we allowing to enter our minds and hearts, so that we can be pure and blameless in His sight? Are we submitting ourselves to the pressures He brings into our lives, knowing that He is using them for a purpose -- to fashion us into a rare and priceless "ruby?"
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