A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. …Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Quote from Pray While You’re Prey:
“Who can find a good, righteous, worthy, honorable, moral, upright, honest woman? I know that a man who is listening to God could find her. Who can be a good, righteous, worthy, honorable, moral, upright, honest woman? Any woman who is sincerely living her life for Christ will fit this description…if [we] follow Christ’s example and believe in God, [we are] invaluable treasures.”
There are many people who have told me that I am intimidating. The people usually cite my educational background or level of ambition. However, I do not pursue me dreams because I want others to feel inferior to my accomplishments. I pursue goals because when I read Proverbs 31, it tells a story of a woman who is bold and hard-working, selfless and ambitious, and that woman is described as an invaluable jewel. That woman is revered as someone to be praised, not feared. That is the kind of woman I want to be. That is the kind of woman that all Christian women should strive to be. That is the kind of woman a Christian man should desire.
So many times we get caught up in the superficial qualities of people. Now, don’t get me wrong, everybody has their own checklist and non-negotiables, but when we meet someone that fits that checklist, we need to make sure that we are not just focusing on the outer man or woman, but also on the person’s character. Is this person a whole person in Christ? Is this person waiting for a man or woman to fill her or his every need? Does this person trust in God to fulfill his or her life? Can this person be supportive of the dreams that God has placed on your heart or will they be jealous or intimidated by your drive and success?
I believe that God created us, men and women, to be compatible with one another. In many ways, we need each other, but we can survive apart from one another. In fact we can do more than survive, even while we are alone; we can thrive. The only One we need to make us whole and complete is God. So, why not seek to be whole in Him and pursue the dreams He places in our hearts as a single person? Then, when God allows a man to find that woman of noble character, the man should be grateful for a woman with qualities that will never fade. When God pushes a woman to be her best, she should be thankful that He has built her into a woman whose value is far above rubies.
The inner strength that God builds in us is the trait that often gets overlooked. We sometimes forget that charm and beauty fade, not just on women, but on men as well. Single saints with a true heart and passion for the Lord are to be treasured. You are treasured by God; you should accept nothing less than that from anyone else. Live a life filled with character and reverence to God and everything else will fall into place in due season.
Thank You, God for giving me dreams and passions to pursue.
Please forgive me for waiting for someone else to make me feel whole
when I am made whole only by You.
Lord, please help me to know and remember my worth,
to only allow myself to be treasured,
and to recognize the treasures that surround me.
In Jesus’ Name,
*Scripture quotations are from the New International Version ©1984, unless otherwise indicated.