“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies” (PROVERBS 31:10)

If we become pleasing and precious in God’ sight, then we will become more valuable and honourable in people’s sight. We need to become precious like gems. All gems are cut and polished by progressive abrations using finer grits of harder substance. Are you going through such experiences? Never fret, for you are becoming a polished, well-shaped and glittering gemstone.

  1. A VIRTUOUS WOMAN IS A PRECIOUS WOMAN: PROVERBS 31:10 “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.” The virtuous woman is a beautiful woman, not outwardly but inwardly. Verse 10 literally reads, ‘Who can find a woman of strength?’ The term ‘Virtuous woman’ is a noun meaning strength, efficiency and ability. Here it refers to strength of character, moral strength and firmness. PROVERBS 12:4 “A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.” As a virtuous woman, you will have perfection and the confidence to live your life with purpose. Ruth is a classic example for a virtuous woman. Boaz said unto Ruth, ‘Everyone in the city knows that you are a virtuous woman.’ When a woman has strength of character (fears God, loves truth and hates sin), then others will value that woman. They will respect and recognize her. Ruth 3:11 “And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.”

  1. AN INDUSTRIOUS WOMAN IS A PRECIOUS WOMAN: PROVERBS 31:24 “She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.” This capable, industrious woman was very enterprising and hardworking. She wove fine linen garments, which is a hard-working process. The busy woman provided a source of income for her family through her business. “When other women impoverish their husbands by buying, she enriches her husband by selling those valuable commodities for which there is a constant demand.” PROVERBS 31:27 “She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.” She looketh well means “Keeping watch.” She is like a watchman. Some are watchmen to the neighbour’s home.

  1. A SAGACIOUS WOMAN IS A PRECIOUS WOMAN: PROVERBS 31:26 “She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.” PROVERBS 24:4 “And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.” If you possess wisdom, all the chambers of your heart shall be filled with precious things. Take for example, the life of Esther. The wise Esther did not reveal her nationality to the King. Even while preparing to go to the King, she required nothing. She was under the custody of Hegai, the eunuch. She did not ask anything of her own but was satisfied with whatever he offered her, because she was very wise.