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Friday, 10 March 2017

Proverbs 31 Woman

A Virtuous Woman 

Seeing as the month of March celebrates women, I thought it befitting that I create a post where we outline the characteristic of a virtuous women.  The content of this post will be taken from Proverbs 31: 10-31. In this post I will be outlining some of the attributes of a virtuous women and how we can aspire to such title.

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

We can see that such a women is rare as God says her value surpasses precious jewels.  In proverbs 19:7 is mentions a prudent wife comes from the Lord, this woman is not ordinary and from the proceeding verses we see why she is not.

Her husband trusts the woman referenced, I want to note that one can aspire to becoming such a woman without a husband. I would even suggested that it is imperative that before a women considers marriage that she has some of these attributes mentioned in the chapter. 

She does her husband good and not evil all the days of her life. What does it mean to do good? Waggoner an Adventist pioneer states that doing good or the act of being good is to show great levels of benevolence. This woman is selfless, compassionate and charitable. Altruism should be part of the Christian; the Lord instructed his disciples that if they wanted to be first they had to be servants for all.  Mark 9:35 (KJV)
35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all. The life of Christ was a life of service in the same respect we too are to service others. There is a whole book on Christian Service I really encourage you to read it.

Verses 13- 15 speak on the work ethic of this rare jewel. She works hard with her hands, goes far to find the best and wakes up earlier to work to look after her household. Such woman understands the danger of idleness and the need to be diligent in all aspects of her life. Proverbs 24:33-34 (KJV)
33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
34 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.

2 Thessalonians 3:10 (KJV)
10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

The above Bible texts illustrate what one will occur if they are lazy.  Laziness will result in being without. I am aware that being without is not always a result of laziness but a result of the social imbalances that profit from impoverishing certain demographics. This post is not looking at such, for post on more social issues click here and here.

“Action, action, is seen pervading the whole living machinery. And man, his mind and body created in God's similitude, must be active in order to fill his appointed place. He is not to be idle. Idleness is sin.” CET 75.3

The prophet of the Lord has rightly mentioned that idleness is sin! Wow. Imagine if we saw the serious of having a poor work ethic how many of us would buckle up.

How can I improve my time? How can I stop being so idle? If we look at the fifteenth verse it can be noted that the woman gets up whilst it’s still night. Get up early! I have found when I get up early I feel more productive. I get the sense that a virtuous woman is well organised. How can we adopt such? Write achievable goals daily. This helps with time management as well as organisation.

Speaking of time management I saw a tweet were it spoke on the misuse of social media. It did so in a comedic manner, however it really struck a cord with me and made me ponder on how I need to use my time online wisely. A virtuous woman would not squander her time but maximize it to some extent I am trying to do this here.  How do you manage your time? Feel free to comment below.

 16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

In the sixteenth verse we see what I believe to be the entrepreneurial aspect of a virtuous women. Those who may be familiar with the developing world may know for a woman to buy land is revolutionary even in the twenty first century. The latter part of the verse also notes that the women in the text makes her own income “and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.” Again the diligence of the type of woman is echoed. This verse also dislodges some of the erroneous ideas about women and mirrors how this woman did not follow the status quo.  

The home is a women’s first priority however this does not mean a women should not aspire to be independent in all areas including when it comes to economy. “Is [she] an economist, or will she, if married, not only use all her own earnings, but all of yours to gratify a vanity, a love of appearance? Are her principles correct in this direction? Has she anything now to depend upon? ... I know that to the mind of a man infatuated with love and thoughts of marriage these questions will be brushed away as though they were of no consequence. But these things should be duly considered, for they have a bearing upon your future life....” AH 46.2

The portion of text is in reference of things to consider when looking for a wife. Is she an economist…? An economist thinks before they make a purchase or an investment. We see a similar reference in verse sixteen. A virtuous woman is one that fugal when it comes to economy. How can we become economist?

Set a weekly budget, each month save some of your income and lastly when out shopping ask yourself do I x amount need this (Do I £30 need this jacket)?

17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

Both verse seventeen and nineteen denote a diligent work ethic, I want to focus on verse eighteen in particular.  18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.” She assume what she is selling is good. I love this section of the verse as it connotes such a woman does not put a low estimate upon herself!

This world often through the use of media platforms, retarded regulations and theories have caused women to put such a low estimate upon themselves. This is contradictory to the Word of God!  Psalm 139:14 (KJV)
14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”

The Lord is disappointed when His people place a low estimate upon themselves. He desires His chosen heritage to value themselves according to the price He has placed upon them. God wanted them, else He would not have sent His Son on such an expensive errand to redeem them. He has a use for them, and He is well pleased when they make the very highest demands upon Him, that they may glorify His name. They may expect large things if they have faith in His promises. DA 668.1

Those of use aspiring to be like such women need to stop putting a low estimate upon ourselves. Let us believe that we can bring something to the table. God has mentioned that we are to expect large things if we have faith in His promises

20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

Not only is this woman good with money she ensures she gives a portion of what she makes to the poor and needy. Again we see the act of benevolence towards others.  Looking after the poor and needy is vital for the Christian, poverty will always be a part of the make up of this world.

Mark 14:7 (KJV) For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always.”

“Although God had promised greatly to bless His people, it was not His design that poverty should be wholly unknown among them. He declared that the poor should never cease out of the land. There would ever be those among His people who would call into exercise their sympathy, tenderness, and benevolence.” PP 530.3

With this in mind we must find ways to help the poor. I am conducting a mission trip to Senegal where I hope to put the latter into practice. However helping the poor and the needy does not mean we are to fly to a foreign land to do so, we could do things where we are. For example we can pray, donate to charity or help with feeding the homeless.

Look out for part two
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