“The words of King Lemuel, the utterance which his mother taught him… Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies” (Pv 31:1, 10)
The word translated ‘virtuous’ also has an interesting meaning. It means ‘power’. It describes the strength of an army ready for war. The virtuous woman is strong and courageous, spiritually, mentally and emotionally. She has all the resources needed to be successful in life. It gives the picture of a prevailing force, of holy boldness that always leads in victory. Spiritual passivity, foolishness, weakness, a double mind, laziness, ignorance and fear, these are terrible traits in a woman. The virtuous woman has’ no fear of the future’; she is intelligent, faithful, wise and responsible. The husband may be ‘the bread winner’ but she is the manager of the home. She is called a home maker. That is a good word. She has all the resources to produce good things without supervision. The wise woman builds her home (PV 14:1). Her home is her palace. She’s in charge of people who willingly cooperate with their able leader; like an army following the queen of the castle. Even so she submits to her husband as unto the Lord. The strength of the godly woman comes not from her muscles or gym classes. It comes from her proven mature spiritual fruitfulness. Her character is the source of her strength and beauty and the foundation of her testimony.
The most important thing to say is that no man or woman can be truly virtuous except they are born again, and filled with the Holy Spirit. Many women have tried to imitate Mrs. Virtuous in Proverbs 31, but failed. It is because they tried to do it in the flesh. Flesh profits nothing. Victory is possible only by the Holy Spirit.
Other translations call this virtuous woman as:
*Capable- having attributes (physical, mental and spiritual power) for performance and accomplishment. She has the legal right to own, enjoy and perform her responsibilities. It means that she has the power and skill to always bring about the desired effect.
*Efficient- producing the desired effect without waste. All her efforts produce results.
*Impressive- having the power to make a lasting impression, to excite attention, awe or admiration.
*Fulfilled, satisfied- complete realization, reaching the end of possibilities. No regrets! No fears!
*Proven- tested thru trials, genuine, faithful in little things, given charge over greater things
*Noble- possessing very high or excellent qualities, superior mind, character or ideals
*Famous- widely known and honored for her achievement.
Do you desire to be a virtuous godly woman of God?
Let’s pray: “Dear Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your Word. We repent of ignorance, foolishness and all evil behavior in the past. As wives, we repent of taken our marriages for granted. As mothers, we repent of not teaching our sons the truth about life in general and women in particular. As older women, we repent for not teaching the younger women how to be godly wives and mothers. We repent for the foolishness of choosing secular women as our mentors and models. We come back to You! We come back to the Bible. We are ready to start afresh with You. Help us Dear Lord…Holy Spirit come afresh on us…In Jesus name we pray, amen!”