I thought it to be appropriate to use from this text in honor of all mothers.
Verses 10-31 form an acrostic; each verse begins with a consecutive letter of the Hebrew alphabet and describes the honor and dignity of womanhood.
The proverb is attributed to King Lemuel of whom nothing is known. Some believe this to be a name for Solomon given him by his mother Bathsheba, but this, too, is not known for certain. In any case, it presents the virtuous woman with qualities that define true godliness in three ways:
Virtuous as an adjective is used to denote several different qualities, such as strength, ability, valor and wealth.
- She is a virtuous woman of power and strength.
- She is a woman of great value because her price is far above rubies. God outlines the character of a virtuous woman in order for man to have God’s wisdom in choosing a life-time mate.
- She is not overly concerned about outward appearances, which often leads to pride, laziness, selfishness and a carnal spirit; rather her concern is inward in caring for her husband, children and home.
- She is a help-meet to her husband by assisting him to prosper in his work and be respected in the community.
The virtuous woman is often misunderstood because of her character and commitment to her family.
Submission to her husband is not a problem because she realizes her God-given responsibilities and can be trusted to manage the household according to biblical requirements. Almost all great men have been made by two loving women in their lives: a godly mother and a godly wife. They are both tremendous assets to any man.
The wife’s first duty is to love and serve Christ, just as that is the first duty of the husband. Her second duty is to obey her husband, just as the husband is to obey God according to Ephesians 5:23, “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.”
The virtuous woman is the type of mother that goes to great pains to make hers a happy household. She is not only cautious in making decisions that affect the family, but also in giving advice.
- Love and kindness are in her heart; they are demonstrated in her speech and daily life.
- She fears and loves God; she is wise and good.
- She knows how to handle disappointments and trials, while reflecting upon God’s goodness.
- She is a great blessing to her family and friends.
- She has learned that if the tree in her garden is cared for it will bring forth good fruit.
All Christians should desire to have good Christian character and make a commitment to live out these godly character traits. This applies to the individual, as well as the entire church.
She considers the cost before buying to see whether or not it is a wise purchase and gives freely of her tithe, while helping those in need. She realizes her purpose in life and is eager to carry out God’s plan for her and her family. People have many different reasons for living,
- Some are selfish, others are sacrificial.
- Some are future-oriented; others live for today.
- Some live carelessly, others live cautiously.
What is our purpose in life? Joshua had a purpose in 24:14-15, “Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
If we are ever going to realize God’s plan we must understand His purpose for our lives. The virtuous woman has a purpose in her life and we, too, must make up our minds to,
- Serve the Lord with all our hearts.
- Seek God’s wisdom.
Verse 26, “She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.”
James 1:5, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
- Seek God’s kingdom and his righteousness in our lives.
Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”
- Stand for what is right.
- Stop only when each task has been completed.
Acts 20:17-24, “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”
John 17:4, “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.”
- Strive to be godly.
Jesus said in John 4:34, “My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me – and finish His works.”
Verses 13-14, “Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
Before we can be like Christ we must know Him. The Bible says that, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Proverbs 12:4, “A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.”
Proverbs 31:10, “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.”
The key to the virtuous woman of character, consecration and commitment is in her spiritual life, because she is a godly woman who fears the Lord.