WEEK 2: THE CASE FOR VIRTUE- HER CHARACTER AND NATURE
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 09, 2021
“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised”. (Proverbs 31:30)
As we continue to make The Case for Virtue, as we examine the character and nature of the Virtuous Woman in Proverbs 31, there is a distinct Christlikeness in her character that is evident in the Scriptural reference that says of her:
…a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.Proverbs 31:30
How does a woman who fears the Lord conduct herself? Can you imagine how she would start her day? Considering all that her day entails, there is no doubt that the first things she does when she awakes is to offer worship to God. The word worship means: show reverence and adoration for God. In yesterday’s devotional,: She Prays, it was mentioned that the Virtuous Woman knows that her help comes from the Lord. Therefore she acknowledges Him and depends on Him for everyting she does.
The Virtuous Woman obviously lived a life of worship; she showed reverence for God. Reverence means “deep respect”; we know very well that when we respect someone, we strive to please them, and avoid offending them. At the heart of the virtuous woman is godly character; she fears God. The Scripture speaks of the fear of the Lord in this way:
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.Proverbs 9:10
The secret to her godly wisdom is the fact that she fears the Lord. The love and respect she has for her God will undoubtedly lead her to worship God in spirit and in truth; praise would continually be on her lips. As women, we can identify with this Woman of Virtue. When God reveals Himself to us in our daily experiences, it causes us to celebrate in an expression of gratitude – we offer sincere praise and worship to God for His goodness towards us. The Scripture teaches that:
The Lord inhabits the praises of His people.Psalm 22:3
The verse means that God is continually present with us when we live with an attitude of gratitude. While the Creator does not depend on being worshiped to be God, the truth is that our acts of worship strengthens our relationship with Him.
The Virtuous Woman knows that her relationship with God is not just about receiving from the hand of God, but also giving Him what He deserves; that is praise and worship. She is aware that all that she has become is all because of God’s love and kindness towards, her therefore she:
Praise the Lord in the sanctuary Praise Him for His mighty acts. Praise Him for His excellent greatness.Psalm 150:1-3
Worshipping God is a lifestyle for the Virtuous Woman; everything that she does honours and adores her Maker. For this reason, it is said of her:
Give her the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates.Proverbs 31:31
As we seek to emulate this woman, may we also make worship a second-natured action. May it be that whatever we do, or say brings glory to God.
LET US PRAY
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for calling me to be Your daughter. Your Word says that I should be like a child in order to enter Your Kingdom. (St. Matthew 18:3). Help me to have a childlike heart.
One of the characters of a child is to be humble and show respect. In having deep respect for You compels me to worship You because of Who You are. I pray that You will help me to live a life of worship and praise, all times – in the good times and the not so good times.
Lord it’s not easy to praise and worship you when going through challenging times, but as I seek daily to pursue virtue I desire to be a True Worshipper whose praise is not affected by circumstances.
Today especially, I worship You in the beauty of Your Holiness. You deserve the glory, and the honour.
In Jesus’s Name I pray. Amen
by: Shekinah Glory Ministries