“A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies” (Proverbs 31:10).
As I look at my title for this piece, I imagine you are shaking your head and sarcastically saying, “Sure.” But do you know what? This is not my sentiment—it is God’s! A wife of noble character is both precious and rare, according to God.
The author of Proverbs 31, King Lemuel, explains the traits a wife of noble character has. She:
—Has the complete trust of her husband
—Plans or prepares meals
—Is physically strong
—Makes profit from her business
—Gives to charity
—Manages her family’s wardrobes
—Laughs when she thinks of old age
—Is publicly praised by her husband and children.
This is quite a job description and should probably have a salary attached to it that is worth more than rubies!
Personally, I find it hard to live up to this standard. I sometimes find it hard to even WANT to live up to this standard. I’m not sure which woman King Lemuel was thinking of when he wrote this proverb, but I do believe she knew the Lord, because he says of her, “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” (verses 28-30). I don’t think any woman can even come close to this “ultimate woman” description unless she gets some supernatural help!
God wants to help us to succeed in our roles. He wants to give us character and influence that will change the world. With His strength, we can do anything.
Kimberly Snider is a missionary to the Philippines.
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