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"She is more precious than rubies....My son, let them not depart from thine eyes; keep sound wisdom and discretion" (Prov. 3:15, 21, KJV).
The wisdom and discretion that comes from above brings true happiness (verse 13). Nothing we can gain brings more satisfaction (verses 14-15). Surely this is a prize worth seeking and retaining.
The whole city knew Ruth as a virtuous woman (Ruth 3:11). God says of such a woman, “Her price is far above rubies” (Prov. 31:10). Ruth left her native country to follow the true God (Ruth 1:16). She worked willingly with her hands. Boaz, the master of the field where she gleaned grain, said, “Let some handfuls of purpose fall for her” (Ruth 2:16). She wisely obeyed her mother-in-law, Naomi. God blessed her with a husband, Boaz, and with a son, Obed. Though a foreigner from an accursed nation, she became an ancestress of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matt. 1:5, 16). God still rewards such people today.
Though afraid of the king’s wrath, Queen Esther stood before him, and because of her bravery, her people were delivered from a cruel edict that ordered their death. Today, people who know her story would commend her virtue.
Hannah, another virtuous woman, prayed for a baby boy. She gave him up to serve Eli, the priest. Samuel, this son, grew up and became a godly man. God blessed Hannah with three more sons and two daughters.
Often wisdom and discretion add years to the life, along with honor and riches (verse 16). However, having a little gained in an honest way is far better than having great wealth obtained dishonestly (Prov. 16:8). These three virtuous women received honor and favor from God and man. In their actions they showed wisdom and discretion. As a queen, Queen Esther enjoyed earthly treasures. Ruth and Hannah may never have possessed great riches, but all three of these women laid up treasures in Heaven.
Wisdom's paths lead in the way of pleasantness, peace and life (verse 23; Psa. 37:24). Therefore, sudden fear does not alarm us (verse 25). We can lie down without fear and enjoy a sweet sleep (verse 24). Because we confide in God, He calms our fears and keeps our feet from being taken (verse 26).
Are we discreet, sagacious and wise? God will help us to grow in this grace. Do others call us virtuous women?
Prayer: Lord, help me to be a virtuous woman. Show me the way. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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