By Carolyn Hughes
The "Virtuous Woman" is found in the book of Proverbs, Chapter 31. If we look closely, we will find this woman was not just an ordinary woman, for the scripture begins by asking, "Who can find a virtuous woman?" meaning, do you know where she is, or where she abides? The answer in fact is quite simple, she abides in the will of God.
You will not find her wasting valuable time in useless television programs, or spending hours on the telephone. This woman, as scripture describes her, has it "going on." She is involved in productive activities, from the rising of the sun, until the going down of the same. She is not your stereotypical bored housewife that today's society knows. She is a woman of purpose. She is a strong contributor and asset to her home. She manages her affairs well. She is business-like, intellectual, and above all else God- fearing. Her husband and children proclaim her as blessed. She is a "virtuous woman".
What makes a woman virtuous? Virtuous is described as being good, righteous, worthy, honorable, moral, upright, and honest. Not surprisingly these are the same characteristics that God requires of you, as his daughters. When you become virtuous, society honors you, and God himself will surely bless you. For then she exemplifies the very way he would have her to be.
The virtuous woman places all of her trust in the Lord. She knows that only through him, she has "come this far by faith." When her child is sick, she is able to say "All is well" as the Shunammite woman. She is full of good works like Dorcas, after her deliverance she sings" Miriam's song." She possesses the wisdom and judgment of Deborah, and pours out her heart before the Lord as Hannah did before she received the blessing of Samuel. And she realizes when she lays her head down each night, that as Mary, in her own unique way, she is truly blessed among women.
She knows her redeemer lives and never fails to thank him for "Just another day." She is a woman of vision, and destiny. God has placed within her Spirit a ministry that must come forth. She is not ashamed to wash the feet of Jesus with her tears and dry them with her hair because he alone is her life-line. Her head is held high, her steps are sure, and her words are seasoned. Her appearance portrays her royalty within the body of Christ.
Yes, she knows the storms will come, the winds will blow, there will be times when the "ends may not meet" there may be sickness, trials, and heartache. However, the conclusion of the matter is this, she is assured that there will be times of joy, laughter, and deliverance with life more abundantly; this is the promise of her Father in heaven.
The Virtuous Woman, where can she be found? Women say with me- I am she, because I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.
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