“Who can find a virtuous wife? For her price is far above rubies.” Proverbs 31:10
Oh to be a virtuous wife! I know what she looks like, how she speaks, how she loves her husband, and yet, reaching through the ages, I can still feel the kindred curse of Eve’s desire to control, to know better than God, and lead her husband.
I desperately cry out with Paul, “O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from this body of death?” Romans 7:24
And then another voice within me whispers, “Faithful is He who called you, who also will do it.”
NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER GIVE IN!
We will press toward the mark of the high calling!
We will fail; we will do what we know not to do; but we will keep looking to the Author and Finisher of our faith.
I want you to know through these posts that I am struggling as much as any of you; I am a sinner, a human made of flesh and blood; but I desire with all my heart to live a life that is pleasing to God and together, we will explore, encourage, and spur each other on to good works.
Now, down to business.
Proverbs 31:10 reveals an important truth–a virtuous woman is rare. That means you won’t find virtuous women on every corner; they have to be searched out (which is also important to remember as our children approach marrying age one day.)
We cannot look to the average woman for our example. We cannot look to the culture. She is not there. We must look to Scripture, and then pray and strive to become one of those rare jewels.
Another thing about rare jewels: jewels are rare because they are not in abundance, but also because they have to be cut out of the rock around them. They have to be chipped out, polished, chiseled on and perfected. You don’t just stumble upon a ruby that is perfectly formed and sparkling. It must endure some work.
And so must we.
Which means we must be willing to endure the process of refinement, recognizing it as God’s tenderness towards us, and His loving vision for our lives. Whatever that looks like for you, obedience and submission to HIS design will bring forth the jewel He wants to make out of you.
Ponder today whether you are willing to be a rare jewel? Rare is different. But it is valuable. In a sense, we are to be “Ruby Rebels”, rebelling against a culture that devalues women, looking to Scripture to discover the beauty and strength of a virtuous woman.
Being submissive to God is to be rebellious to the world, by default. I like it–Ruby Rebels!