A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still night;she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable,and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. She is clothed with strength and dignity;she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things,but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done,and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
When I think of what it takes to be a good woman this passage always come to mind. It doesn’t take long after reading it to think, “Wow! That is a tall order. Am I good enough to live up to that?” The truth is on my own, no I am not, and the world and Satan do a good job of reminding me of that. But the bigger truth is that I am not alone, God is with me and working through me and in me. It’s not I who has the power, but He who does.
Sometimes that is hard to remember. I can think of one time in particular that I found it difficult. My husband Chuck was going through the process of becoming a church elder. I just kept thinking “How on earth could I live up to being an elders wife?” I felt so inadequate. The spiritual warfare was overwhelming me at times, making me debate if I was good enough and if I could live up to the standard. Then I started questioning that about everything, was I a good enough mom, wife, friend, did I work hard enough,were my talents enough? You get the picture. But God gently reminded me that it wasn’t about me, it was about Him. It was always about His great power and grace and how He would mold me and make me good enough. It’s not that He hadn’t taught me this concept already, it’s just that I needed a refresher course.
See sometimes we take our eyes off of what truly makes us a good women, and what God’s standard is. It’s easy to do. Daily we are bombarded with messages about girl power and feminism. We are told if we look a certain way or live a certain lifestyle, never have a Pinterest fail, always do bigger and better than the next woman, then we are at the top of our game. We are women hear us roar! But when we do this we are missing the real picture. We were never meant to do it in our own power and we couldn’t if we tried. There was only one perfect person in this world and it wasn’t you or I. It was Jesus! Because of Him and His perfect power in us, we all can be that good proverbial women. Remember, we are Godly Women, hear the Lion of Judah roar!
Help me to always remember who holds the power to do great things! Thank you for giving us the Holy Spirit to work your power through us and for loving us so much that we never have to do this life alone. I love you, Lord!