After reading Priyanka’s post, I thought it would be fitting to continue on the topic of the Proverbs 31 woman. Priyanka did a wonderful job explaining how to depend and trust in the divine power of God to fill us and to mold us into the women (or men) that HE wants us to be. In her post, she spent time talking about what a virtuous woman looks like, and how to go about achieving this in our own personal lives.
Who can find a virtuous wife?
For her worth is far above rubies. ~ Proverbs 31:10
As women, what makes us stand out? What makes our worth far above rubies? The simple answer to this is Jesus Christ! Scripture is telling us that our dignity and worth should be far above an expensive piece of jewelry. I know that if someone gave me a ruby, I would cherish it and would treat it with extra special care. I would make sure that it is well taken care of, and would probably show it off to anyone and everyone!! Women, think about this! God knows that a ruby would be well treated, and He wants so much more for us! He wants us to find our worth in Him and through that, people will see that we are worth way more than a beautiful piece of jewelry! Some of you may be like me and think, “this is great, but there is no way that I can be virtuous and worthy in Christ’s eyes- I can be a Christian and do things for Christ, but He will never see me as a beautiful perfect woman- because of the sins I have committed.” I want to encourage those of you reading this, that these are lies from Satan, himself. He does everything in his power to make you feel unworthy and undeserving of God’s love. Fortunately for believers, our joy is found in Jesus Christ alone! He suffered and died for us, because He loves us, and considered us beautiful, even in our deepest darkest moments.
In the book of the Song of Solomon, we see a narration between the King and a Shulamite woman. In chapter one you see the woman calling herself dark and asking the king not to look at her because she does not consider herself beautiful (1:6). This is similar to how I once felt about myself, I felt that I was not worthy to do God’s work or to be loved by Him because of my dark, ugly past. I acted as if my past sins of selfishness and pride were too great for the King to forgive. The most amazing part of chapter 1 was King Solomon’s response to the woman. It was a response of acceptance and love.
“If you do not know, O fairest among women,
Follow in the footsteps of the flock,
And feed your little goats
Beside the shepherds’ tents.
I have compared you, my love,
To my filly among Pharaoh’s chariots.
Your cheeks are lovely with ornaments,
Your neck with chains of gold.” ~ Song Of Solomon 1: 8-10
The King saw past the darkness and saw her for who she was; she was beautiful in his eyes! In the same way, we need to understand that Christ sees past the darkness and sees us as a new beautiful creation. He sees us for who we are! We are His creation and made beautiful through Him!!
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. – Psalms 139: 13-15
We live in a society, where the media tells us that our self worth is found in how others view us. What men think of us, how we dress, the jobs we have, etc. But as a Christian, our self worth is based on Jesus Christ. He paid the price for us not while we were perfect, but while we were sinners. (Romans 5:8) We are made perfect and beautiful through Him. Ladies, I know how hard it can be to compete with the world. I know that there is so much expected of us, but when you turn to Christ and live completely for Him, you will realize that what the world wants is no longer important. Your value comes from your relationship in Jesus Christ. He is the first Man that we should turn to, to look for love and acceptance. In Him, our worth is far above rubies! Jesus Christ proved to us that He sees us as worthy and deserving of His love, two thousand years ago on the cross of Calvary.
He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, – Titus 3:5