Thursday, August 11th, 2016
Proverbs For Performers (Part 94)
Women Of Virtue: Their Worth*
Who can find a virtuous wife?
For her worth is far above rubies.
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
Proverbs 31:10,30 (NKJV)
I will do for you all that you request, for all the people of my town know that you are a virtuous woman.
Ruth 3:11 (NKJV)
Like the woman in Proverbs 31, my mother was a model of vigor. A working wife and mom in a new age, an activist for justice in our state, a beauty with brains, courage and talent, she managed multiple jobs at one time, brimming over with ingenuity.**
In her early years, she revered the Lord and wanted to be an evangelist. Although she lost focus along the way, God later fulfilled her childhood calling. AMTC would be born from her dream. I believe she re-met God at the end. Therein, she was a woman of value.
What can we say of ladies in the Lord? So many of them are unsung heroes, working tirelessly with little notice. But Proverbs starts and ends with their praises. Because wisdom has been labeled as, 'She.' 'Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares' (Proverbs 1:20).
Actors, models and talent for Christ, if you love God, you're a bride of Christ: 'To present her to Himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless... This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church' (Ephesians 5:27,32).
Therein, your worth cannot be measured, which is why He sacrificed Himself, to give you His 'Robe of righteousness' (Isaiah 61:10). You are exceedingly beautiful. While today you are betrothed to Him, tomorrow will host the marriage feast: the Day of your physical union.
Yes, this vision is a great picture: an analogy of His passion. It's for the women and men He loves. The Lord has painted it with His Heart.
To Be Continued...
* Proverbs 31:10-31: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=pro+31%3A10-31&version=NKJV
** When I was growing up, my mother, Millie Lewis (former NY fashion model) owned a group of modeling and finishing schools, was a frequent radio personality, served as the fashion coordinator for Sears, lectured at USC, Allen and Benedict colleges, organized public service events and created a newcomer welcoming service in my home town and state capital of Columbia, SC--all in addition to being a wife and mother of three.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs for Performers series.