Proverbs 31:10-30, “Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.”
A virtuous woman is a woman of Obedience, Proverbs 31:11&12, “The heart of her husband safely trust her; so he will have no lack again, she does him good and not evil all the days of her life.” There is a proverb that says obedience is better than sacrifice and we see this in the life of Ruth. She left her home where she worshiped pagan gods and followed Naomi who was her mother in law before she lost her son (husband to Ruth). Even though Ruth knew there was nothing to keep her close to Naomi, they remained friends. One thing about Ruth is that she is a faithful follower, has a teachable spirit and never complained. Ruth 2:11&12, “And Boaz said unto her, “it has been fully reported to me, all that you have done for your mother in law since the death of your husband… and you have come to a people you did not know before, The Lord repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the Lord God of Israel.”, If you read the entire book of Ruth, you will see how Ruth looked up to Naomi as a mentor and was careful to follow her instructions, Naomi instructs her to do. Ruth 3:5, “And she said to her (Naomi), “All that you say to me, I will do”. According to the proverbs, she can be trusted and Naomi knows that Ruth will do her good and not evil all the days of her life. Her character was instrumental to Boaz in choosing a wife for himself. God rewarded her obedience
A virtuous woman is a woman of faith. Proverbs 31:21, “She is not afraid of snow for her household“. She is the type of woman who is not living in the natural but in the supernatural for she knows that her help is in the name of the Lord, Psalm 124:8, “Our help is in the name of the Lord”. To go back to the Shunammite woman, not only was kindness her strength, she was also a woman of faith. 2Kings 4:26, “Run now, I pray thee to meet her, and say unto her, is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child? and she answered it is well.” It’s easy to say it is well when everything is going well however, when you read the story of this woman, it wasn’t okay at the time she said it was, she had just lost a son. The son was in the field working with his father and he fell sick, the father brought the son to his mother and he died on her lap. A woman of faith knows something has to be done, she rises up to act by faith in the midst of fear and confusion for she is operating by faith. She will speak life in her situation regardless of the circumstance; she will strengthen herself and put her faith into action.
A virtuous woman is a woman of prayer, Proverbs 31:17, “She girdeth her loins with strength and strengthens her arms”. There is something about a praying woman; she knows how to stand before her Master. If you go to churches now you will find that majority of prayer warriors are women. Hannah was a praying woman for that which she desired came through prayers. 1Samuel 1:10, “…and she was in bitterness of soul and prayed unto then Lord, and wept sore.” Here is a woman battling in the Spirit doing intensive intercession for something she believes God is able to do. Her intercession is not for selfish reasons but desiring to be blessed that many may also be blessed through her prayers. She prayed for a son (Samuel), God gave her a prophet for her prayers were diligent, earnest, powerful, and effective. Samuel 1:15, “…but I have neither drank wine or strong drink, but have poured my soul before the Lord,” she was not afraid of pouring her heart to the Lord holding nothing back. She lingered longer in the presence of the Lord. A virtuous woman knows that her strength lies in her prayers and therefore she girds herself with it even though her husband may not be there to support and encourage her, that was Hannah’s strength. To continue Ev
- Proverbs Thirty One Woman, Part 1of3, Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)