Every now and again in my Bible studies I like to come back and read about the Proverbs 31 woman. Each time a different verse will really stand out to me. Today it was verse 10. I spent a great deal of time on studying the word virtuous. I first went to the online dictionary and it said: “characterized by or possessing virtue or moral excellence; righteous; upright” and I looked up virtue: “Moral excellence and righteousness; goodness”
Then I went searching for the word in Hebrew and the word used in this verse is “Chayil” … and it means: “strength, might, efficiency, wealth, army” ( http://www.studylight.org/lex/heb/view.cgi?number=02428 )
When viewing both definitions I see a woman whose strength is in her character and she possessed a wealth of righteousness and goodness. This “moral excellence” comes from our spiritual walk with the Lord. It comes from time spent in the Word, knowing the heart of God, His Word and the help of the Holy Spirit in our lives to make right choices each and every day.
And she also had physical strength as well if you read about the work of her daily life. It takes strength to accomplish the work of a homemaker. How many nights have we all fallen into bed exhausted from having cared for our families, cooking meals, cleaning the house and managing other responsibilities in our daily life? I think it would be hard to argue the fact that physical strength is also part of this.
And women like this are hard to find… “her worth is far above rubies”… rare gems. Not ordinary rocks you can find anywhere.. but rare gems.
May we all walk into 2012 with the desire to grow in our relationship with the Lord, rise up to the daily tasks of life and shine like rare gems…