Proverbs 31: The Goldmine of Spiritual Wisdom - The Virtuous Woman
Wisdom of Leaders
The Proverbs are a phenomenal compendium of life changing pithy sayings. There is a remarkable undeniable wisdom found here like nowhere else. Proverbs marvelously warms the heart and lights the spiritual path of the believer. It can also capture the attention of unbelievers as well. The majority of this brilliantly wonderful sacred manuscript was composed by the astutely intelligent King Solomon. It is in his latter days of life he candidly shares his plethora of trustworthy, prudently judicious awe-inspiring wisdom. This is the last and final Proverbs in this prodigious series on “Proverbs The Goldmine Of SPIRITUAL WISDOM!”
There is an indescribable luxurious wealth of expressed wisdom within these (31) thirty-one Proverbs! King Solomon came to the throne with great promise and privilege! He had the opportunity to ask God for anything in the entire world! Yet he asked for “a discerning heart!” He wanted to know how to properly lead God’s people. God gave him innumerable riches as well as immeasurable wealth!
God's promise to King Solomon
“Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have you asked for death for your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never be anyone like you, nor will there ever be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for - both riches and honor…” I King 3. No doubt he was the wisest man to ever live. He prolifically composed over 3,000 Proverbs. Throughout this series I have shared tidbits of King Solomon’s extravagant, eventful and tumultuous life. There is much to learn from this man of prominence who was bestowed with God’s Favor.
About King Lemuel
This has been a wonderful enlightening expeditious journey through these marvelous Proverbs. What is so amazing is that this particular one is of the most legendary Proverbs; yet it was written by someone who is literally unknown. King Lemuel is the noted attributed author of Proverbs 31. However we do know that Lemuel was also a king. Lemuel means “devoted one!” How ironic this Proverbs was taught to him by his wise godly mother. She knew how to empower and teach her son without trying to diminish his manhood. This Proverb is full of prudent precepts and warnings. What an immense reputable legacy to pass down to one’s child.
The Wisdom of the Proverbs
Proverbs is a superb book of intense practical wisdom. It contains invaluable instructions for living. Here one can become wiser, prosperous, spiritually sound, well rounded and bountifully "BLESSED!" We are persistently encouraged to live effective God centered lives. It prolifically, creatively and solicitously instructs us in the areas of folly, righteousness, unrighteousness, goodness, evil, wickedness, lust, gossip, pride and Love! It tackles subjects such as hate, humility, justice, marriage, family life, day to day living, neighbors, friends, co workers, business affairs, laziness, anger, strife, wealth and poverty. Oh and so much much more! There are a plethora of golden spiritual nuggets to mine and enjoy. These Proverbs are indeed an endless and wealthy “Goldmine of Spiritual Wisdom!”
There is much to learn from the Proverbs. It is highly recommended to read a Proverbs each day along with your daily personal Bible Study. There is one for each calendar day. If you forget a day, just start on the day where you are… Each time you read a Proverbs it will enhance your spiritual insight. Our spiritual well-being is as or more so, important than our physical well-being. It is what governs our mind.
There is so much ongoing spiritual warfare throughout this world. From government authorities, between countries, social service organizations, police departments, communities, neighborhoods, on the job, within God's Church as well as within marriages and families. LORD HELP US! The United States of America Government even at one point was "SHUT DOWN!" OH MY! GOD is speaking to all of us. We must get better at taking the time to listen. How we deal with all of this impacts our overall health and well-being. The Proverbs contains timeless beneficial sound wisdom that continues to expose the many problems, and realities of life. The wise practical instructions therein also provides us with fundamental principles and concepts! When applied they can abet us to better resolve conflict and issues that can help any and everyone throughout the world.
Hokhmah is a Hebrew word which literally means; “skill” or “wisdom.” Mashal mean; “comparison, similar, parallel. The Proverbs are poignant observed illustrations in the form of couplets and brief wise succinct sayings. They produce discernment, wisdom, competence, prudence and spiritual growth in the assiduous disciplined student when applied within their life situations.
The Proverbs intended purpose is clearly to instruct us all in godly living and to impart wisdom to help us become efficient and effective. The spiritual insight here is inclusive of and drawn from a mammoth resource of personal experiences. Here we can learn much from others without going through the same exact experiences by listening and gleaning from the precious wisdom nuggets learned. There is a host of vivacious and earnest examples here that share the acquired lessons from their own personal tragedies and experiences. The Proverbs have the most honorable intentions to direct us and help us how to live closer to the LORD.
God is so willing to help us. Here His heart pours out to us all throughout this Proverb from King Solomon, Agur & King Lemuel! Wisdom is calling aloud in the streets, shouting from the roof tops and making a plea to our carnal mind to embrace the mind of God revealed. We must be willing to listen, take heed and apply these marvelous wisdom benefits in order to attain a better life. The path to wisdom is strenuous and a constant ongoing process of growing spiritually.
The Virtuous Woman
The Proverbs throughout their duration have a lot to say about relationships and women. There is an enormous amount of verses reflecting their attributes as well as shortcomings. Herein contains a dubious assortment of role models. They teach us of queens, prostitutes, seductive women, weak, fallen women, jealous women, strong, wise, contentious wives, wonderful wives, trustworthy, honorable, noble women and yes “The Virtuous Woman!"
This fascinating Proverbs contains the amazing, remarkable and most celebrated illustrious spiritual portrait and glorious attributes of “The Virtuous Woman.” In this last Proverbs she dominates the scene. She embodies the strong spiritual qualities of the ultimate godly woman. Her evident virtuousness represents strength, love, dignity of character and integrity.
Proverbs 31:10-31; within these marvelous descriptive verses includes an acrostic of twenty-two verses! Within each verse consecutively composed is the complete Hebrew Alphabet represented by the first letter of each verse.
~ Proverbs 31 ~
Proverbial Lesson Highlights
Instructions for Leaders
The first verses of Proverbs 31:1-9 starts by giving essential and wise necessary advice for “Leaders” in order to lead effectively. How can you properly lead others and by pass the Creator and Sustainer of life? The most important possession in life to seek to possess is our relationship with the LORD.
This Proverbs starts with King Lemuel's mothers candidly and lovingly commencing to teach her son the benefits of GODLY WISDOM. Her commitment to her son and her husband are without question. So much so she refers to her son as "the son of my vows!" She wants him to become a strong wise responsible man and king of integrity. This dedicated wife, mother and business savvy woman wants what is best for her son, family and household. She even extends herself to help others who are less fortunate.
How interesting that this Proverbs commences with an explicit stern warning. “Do Not spend your strength on women...” According to the Word of God; King Solomon the wise and richest man to ever live, had (700) seven hundred wives and (300) three hundred concubines. Although he had clear instructions from the Lord not to; He still married foreign women who did not believe in the Lord. This became an ongoing problem. He allowed them to subsequently lead him away from the Lord. He was “unequally yoked” with them. Keep this in mind as he shares his experiences! It is important that we always remember to give honor to God first in our relationships! No doubt that King Lemuel was aware of this!
God is our Maker and Creator. He definitely knows what is best for each of us. He allows us to choose His way or just “do your own thing.” However there are bitter consequences when we make choices outside His will for us. Being a woman who truly loves the Lord brings much "PEACE & CONTENTMENT." This why it is so very important to know His Word for ourselves. It is only in HIM will you ever find true "Security & Significance!"
We are also warned here about the downfall of drinking too much wine. Wine can cloud one’s good judgment and cause them to act indignantly and or make brash impulsive decisions! King Lemuel‘s mother gave him sound godly advice that he candidly shares in this Proverb.
King Solomon was a great King! His earthly kingdom was one of great prominence. He handled the pressures of being a king well, but he faltered greatly in his personal and family life. In his later years, he repented and here he candidly shares with us the sentiments of his heart... God wants us to be successful in ALL areas of our lives! We must take God’s Word seriously and consider what He has told us. There are always dire consequences for not listening.
Qualities of the Virtuous Woman
This noteworthy legendary Proverb describes in detail the “Virtuous woman; a strong godly compassionate feminine woman with outstanding qualities which exude confidence. She is an intelligent, God-fearing, beautiful both inside and out, resourceful, well rounded married woman. She presents herself in a ladylike fashion and is always appropriately well groomed for any occasion. It is quite evident that her husband respects and completely trusts her. Single women, you too can be or become a virtuous woman. Don't compromise godly principles just to be accepted. God stands with you as you stand on His principles. Ask God to place the desired mate in your life at the proper time. In the meantime commit your life to Him. Don't give yourself away in an uncommitted relationship.
Rubies were a much-valued treasure during this time. There were also rare sought after pink pearls from a mollusk that were found in the Red Sea. This woman is compared and contrasted with a brilliant gemstone of much value that was not easily found. It is important to consult God whenever seeking a spouse. When making the commitment to marry God’s Way you want to make sure that you share the same core values. Being unequally yoked makes marriage much more difficult to find a principled balance. Being patient is important it helps you to better discipline yourself. God has a reason for telling us not to be unequally yoked. It is well worth it to wait on the right spouse... In a God-centered marriage, you will better grow together in the right way. Being able to TRUST your spouse is very important!
Marriage is holy in the eyes of GOD
In this 21st century many seek to change the true meaning of marriage. The Supreme Court of America actually voted against the Word of God in favor of legalizing "same sex unions." Know that God has not changed His design for marriage. Marriage is supposed to be the ultimate relationship between a man and a woman with God as the center. It is ordained by God. Many marriages do not make it because they lose or shift their focus to man made ideas away from what God says. One or both spouses seeks solace from the world rather than from submitting to the will of the Lord. They do not subscribe to God's order in their life. Some do not take the time to really get to know their spouse before marriage. Others do not consider God at all…
The virtuous woman is a strong woman of God who knows who she is! She realizes that a man does not complete her. She knows it is God who completes both the man and the woman. They are in fact a team working side by side in marriage growing in the grace and knowledge of the Lord! She graciously submits to her husband. They mutually desire to be governed by and wholeheartedly embrace God's principles of life and living. Her commitment and allegiance to both God and her husband are unquestionable! Her family and household are important to her and there is much order in her life. She is efficient, prudent, organized and frugal and is able to manage her household well as well as business affairs wisely. She is not at all negligent or slothful she does her husband good and not evil! She lives to please the LORD. She is an asset to both her husband, family, and friends.
A strong woman with style
The virtuous woman is a discerning woman. She continuously consults the Lord for direction. Her ways are not dominated by the ways of the world nor is she oblivious to what is going on. She does not get bogged down in trivial matters. Nor wastes her time in idle gossip. She is consistent and forthright, strong yet feminine! She works willingly with her hands to provide for her husband and family. Yet she also reaches out to help others. She is not at all selfish or self-centered. Her focus is upon God! She is a good manager. She knows how and is equipped to handle business transactions of all kinds. She realizes that there is always more to learn and humility is a virtue. She wants what is best for her family and they are adorned in the finest appropriate quality clothing of beautiful workmanship and detail.
There is a lot here to consider. How does this apply now? There is nothing wrong with fine apparel as mentioned. To be able to dress appropriately and properly at any given time is useful and needful. (in this day and time people will wear some of everything anywhere...) There has been a trend moving toward unisex dressing. The distinction between male and female in casual clothing has greatly diminished. Don't just accept every trend. Make a conscious effort as to how you present yourself. It is important to develop your own style.
Purple, for example, was a prized color often thought of to be suitable for royalty! It took a lot of tedious time and expense to attain purple dye. The color was extracted from a mollusk whose glands was crushed and excreted red and purplish hues when exposed to the air. It was often imported from afar therefore costly and those who were wealthy were afforded these colorful garments. Quality clothing will last and fits much better. My point is this; the virtuous woman did not dress shabby. She had impeccable taste and was gifted in this area. She was able to provide, purchase and or make suitable clothing for herself and household within her budget. In the Old Testament or New Testament, wealth and godliness are not incompatible!
There is an artful expression in how one dresses and presents themselves. How you present yourself formally or casually are important. Do not just dress for others. Don't look good just when you leave home... This does not mean that this is your primary focus. Today it is “come as you are” for worship and dress up for work and proms? Or Resurrection Day, Christmas and special occasions! One can wear drab, inexpensive or fine clothing yet still inappropriately be adorned in pride fullness! There needs to be a balance. It is important to be neat, clean and tidy in whatever you are adorned. We who are HIS Church should set the standard for the world! Instead on many occasions the Church follows and conforms to the patterns of the world. Think about it? Should we not give God our best in all that we do?
The temple was built with the finest materials
The Bible goes into great detail to explain how the Temple was constructed out of the finest materials. There was extraordinary workmanship and intricate detailing upon its furnishings. The walls were adorned in precious stones and gold. The garments worn by those who ministered and attended the upkeep on the Temple were dressed in finely designed marvelous apparel. See I Kings! The problem is not in the clothing... No matter how we adorn ourselves on the outside it is important to know; True Beauty comes from deep within! God knows our hearts so learn to live to please and Praise God!!
More characteristics of the Virtuous Woman
The Virtuous woman adorns and girds herself with strength, humility and honor. Gird means to bind yourself up with something. There is a reservoir of inner strength exuding from this wonderful, loving, versatile, brilliant, unique, discerning, phenomenal, caring compassionate woman. There is very little time for idleness; her days are long and ever so productive. There is nothing lackadaisical about her at all. Yet she realizes the great benefit of laughter and joy being a part of her household! The welfare of her family is important, she rises early in the morning and is often up late in the evening. She is a happily contented and well adjusted woman who embodies plenty fine desirable qualities that most women should seek regardless if you are single or married! Her countenance reflects that she has been in the presence of the Lord. Spending time with the Lord is so very important!
The Virtuous woman is a woman of character and gives sound godly counsel and advice. She is unique in herself and confident in the LORD. She is serious in her commitment to the Lord and does not compromise her values in order to be accepted. Grace and Mercy are her companions and Truth and Love adorns her heart. She knows that what matters most is what matters to God She embraces His principles over those of the world. “Blessed is the man that does not walk in the counsel of ungodly people. Nor stands in the way of sinners. For His delight is in the law of the Lord and in His law does he meditate day and night…” Psalms 1.
Godliness is accompanied by happiness, peace and contentment! This is what it means to be BLESSED. Even when she is overwhelmed and things are not going her way a woman of God Believes and Trusts the Lord. Her deep Faith in Him reassures her that it is only for a season. A godly woman is committed to TRUTH! This woman is trusted and praised by her husband and family. We can all learn so very much from this marvelous Proverbs.
Living Before an Audience of One
We are all forever growing as long as we are on this side of Heaven. Let’s get busy becoming all the Lord intended us to be. Commit to live for the Lord everyday! Spend some time alone in His presence. He will then direct you on the narrow path that lead to Him. He is the ultimate “Audience of One!” He is the only Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent God! We have everything in Him that we will ever need! He truly is; The Most HIGH GOD! “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and all that live in it, for He founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters. Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in His HOLY place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart…” Psalms 24.
The Virtuous woman is continually adorned by God’s transforming Grace, Love and His Favor is resting upon her!
This series on the PROVERBS concludes by sharing with us:
The Virtuous Woman: The Wife of Noble Character”
"A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and she 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 food from afar. She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. 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 by night. In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the handle of the spindle with her fingers.
She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. When it snows, she has not fear for her household; for ALL 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 & DIGNITY; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks 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 rise and called her BLESSED; her husband also, and he PRAISES her:
Many women do noble things, but you surpass them ALL. Charm is deceptive Beauty is fleeting; But a woman who FEARS the LORD is to be praised. Give her the rewards she has earned. And let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”