WEEK 2: THE CASE FOR VIRTUE- HER CHARACTER AND NATURE
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 11, 2021
“She seeketh wool and flax and worketh diligently with her hands“. Proverbs 31:13
As I study the attributes of the Virtuous Woman I admit that there were instances when I had to re-read and digest what I read because her character traits are so vast. For her to possess the many skills and abilities spoken about, it must mean that she took time to develop them – all without complaining or shrinking back because of fear.
If we take the time to look at how we are today, we would rather order an outfit online, or visit a store quicker than we would ever try to make something we need to use or wear. Yet, we read that the virtuous woman takes time to create masterpieces; not just for herself, but her entire household as well. This is evidence that this is an activity she enjoyed doing on a regular basis – She Creates. The Scripture says:
She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.Proverbs 31:21
With her hands, she creates the finest of everything that was beautiful; her work was outstanding and admired. This speaks to her aptitude and ability to be unique and creative. When I consider the woman in Proverbs 31, I am inclined to ask the question, why did she deem it necessary to do all the things she did, and be all that she was? Another question I have is: how can I become like she was without feeling that it’s just too much?
As I journey with God, I am now discovering that being “virtuous” has a lot to do with intentionality, focus, commitment, determination, desire and passion. All these attributes combined help to create the complete package in a woman who God deems to be a “Woman After His Own Heart” . Which woman wouldn’t want these qualities to be etched into the very core of her being. I know that I sure do; the Scripture says:
She maketh fine linen and selleth it, and delivereth girdles unto the merchantsProverbs 31:24
Her creativity must have been evident in her work as a Business Woman. You can only imagine that she knew what the merchants would desire; she knew what would cause them to want to do business with her. Her choosing of the finest linen showed that she was a woman of class and quality; she took the time to learn what worked best and what didn’t. It seemed nothing seemed too hard for her, and it gave her husband joy. He could be proud of her creativity and productivity.
In order to become a woman who creates, we learn from the Virtuous Woman that we must seek God about every area of our lives and commit them to Him so that He can clearly direct our every movement and inspire us. He will teach, direct and show us what we need to be productive. In turn, we must be willing and open to learn and relearn so that becoming a virtuous woman becomes a reality.
The truth is: as women, we already possess many of these same qualities; we only need to refine and define them so that our creations will be beautiful works of art. The work we do will be worship and praise unto God, so that of all we do it will be said:
Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.Proverbs 31:31
May we create the most beautiful works of art with the lives we live and the work we do for the glory of God.
LET US PRAY
Dear Heavenly Father,
As I read about the qualities, character and nature of the Virtuous Woman I humbly come asking that You create in me a clean heart, remold and reshape me into the Virtuous Woman I need to be for Your glory.
Father I know I cannot develop into who I was created to be with my own efforts, so as You teach and nurture me, empty all that which does not serve You, and replenish me with only what is needed I pray in Jesus name.