Thursday, February 02, 2006
A Strong Woman
“An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.” Proverbs 31:10
I was surprised to find that the word our Bibles translate as “excellent,” “noble,” or “virtuous” is actually a word concerning strength. So this could read: “A strong wife (or woman) who can find?” And this is fitting, because the woman described here is a diligent, energetic woman: “She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household…” (31:15)
Yet she is strong in more ways than one. “She opens her hands to the poor, and reaches out her hands to the needy.” (31:20). To exhibit such Christlike compassion and healing requires strength of character – a personal confidence and contentment that can freely give to others. Like Christ, this strong woman is also a teacher: “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue” (31:26).
To see the entire description of this wonder woman, click here.
I can imagine that many women must read this chapter with frustration and shame. “Who can live up to this? I always wanted the Bible to say more about women, but couldn’t it have set a more obtainable standard?” This is why men and women alike need Jesus Christ. Only he fulfilled God’s law perfectly. If your faith is in him, you are married to him and will be counted as perfect in God’s sight.
Furthermore, what is set forth in this chapter is not gained simply by hard work. A woman becomes more and more spiritually beautiful as she does one thing: fears the Lord.
“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain. But a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” (Proverbs 31:30)
John MacArthur once asked the question: “If our society and our culture could design a woman, what would that woman be like?” She would certainly be beautiful. She might be charming. She might even be strong, that is, aggressive and self-assertive. But would she fear the Lord, and thereby possess the life giving strength seen here?
Posted by Ken at 7:34 AM