“An Uncommon Woman in Uncommon Times” – The Proverbs 31 Woman – Ladies Bible Study Day 1
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We live in an era when the culture tells us that as women, we can have it all. We can take care of the home, take care of the children, leave our homes to have a career that brings home the bacon without the love, aid, or company of a husband; if we so choose!
I can fully remember the women’s liberation movement aggressively ramping up in the late 60’s with leaders such as Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda and Germaine Greer promoting abortion, homosexual rights, along with other socialist ideologies insinuating that women were adversely oppressed. That men are the “enemy.” While some good things may have come out of this movement, such as sexual harassment laws, equal pay for equal work, etc., there has been more damage done to the institutions of marriage and the family, the treatment of men and boys in our society, along with the expectations put on women and girls.
But I wonder; is this God’s plan for our lives? Each of us is made uniquely to be the person that the Lord would have us to be within the context of His word. A woman of faith and honor, a woman of noble character, whether we are wives or single. In this world, we are to be God’s uncommon woman in uncommon times.
10. A wife of noble character, who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
The NKJV reads as: Who can find a virtuous wife? Her worth is far more than rubies. The literal translation of this is: a wife of valor - in the sense of all forms of excellence. The words that stand out most distinctly in this verse are noble, virtuous, valor, and character.
The best translation of noble to fit into the context of character is: Great; elevated; dignified; being above everything that can dishonor reputation; as a noble mind; a noble courage; noble deeds of valor.
- Virtuous is (1) to be morally good; acting in conformity to the moral law; practicing the moral duties and abstaining from vice; (2) being in conformity to the moral or divine law; as a virtuous action; a virtuous life; (3) Chaste; pure; unspotted; applied especially to women and (4) having or exhibiting strength and courage; brave; valorous.
- Valor is best translated as worth, hence worthiness, value, courage, to be strong, to have strength of mind in regard to danger.
- And finally, Character: (1) The peculiar qualities impressed by nature or habit on a person, which distinguish him or her from others; hence, a character is not formed when the person has not acquired stable and distinctive qualities; (2) to engrave; to inscribe, (3) to describe; to distinguish by particular marks or traits.
As we study the wife and woman of noble character, she seems to be made of “unobtanium” at first glance. However, as we study together God’s plan for our lives, we see that this is a goal that we can strive for in our daily lives as we seek His will in our relationship with Him, our husbands, our children, our homes and in our workplaces.
Today’s society claims that we need to be bold, and sometimes obnoxious, in a worldly manner, not taking into account how we affect others or our character nor having to be held accountable for our actions, outside of breaking the law.
Read Proverbs 11:22 and fill in the blanks: Like a ___________ ____________ in a pigs snout is a beautiful woman who shows no ________________.
Our beauty comes from our character within, from that quiet and gentle spirit that is spoken of and highly in prized in 1 Peter 3:4. I know that I have a problem with the quiet thing, but over time the gentle seems to be working more in my life.
Our boldness needs to come from the Lord in being women who seek after Him. In our society, it is getting more difficult to stand up for our beliefs as it becomes more hostile towards God and His Son, Jesus Christ. We need not be afraid, though, since it states in Romans 8:31b: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” God continually told Joshua to “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged.” It is my understanding that God calls us to be strong approximately 365 times in the bible. I, personally, believe He means this and I can take it to the bank!
As women of noble character, our worth is far more than rubies. Can you believe it? A woman who loves and cherishes her walk with the Lord is irreplaceable. She becomes invaluable to her husband and family, to her employer and her friends because she has become the very essence of what God has made her to be and this love of God has spilled out of her very being.
Personal Question: How has your character proven to be noble making you worth far more than rubies?___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________