Today’s Scripture: Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. Proverbs 31:10

In Proverbs 31, we see the characteristics of a virtuous woman. She is hard working, frugal, loves her husband, puts her family first, is trustworthy and wise, and isn’t a worrier. This should be the goal of every woman.

In spite of what some teach, nowhere in the Bible does it rebuke a woman for working outside of the home. Regardless of the job, a virtuous woman is busy and puts her family first. If a woman meets the guidelines of Proverbs 31, then she is worth far more than rubies.

What makes rubies valuable? They are rare. So why is a virtuous woman worth more than rubies? They are rarer than rubies. So if you are single and looking for a spouse, it would be wise to search earnestly for a virtuous man or woman.

Someone asked a young lady what her requirements were for a husband. She replied, “He needs to be breathing.” That should not be the case. If you just marry the first person to come along, and don’t get counsel, don’t pray, don’t look for God’s guidance, then you will almost assuredly get a rock instead of a ruby.

So how do you search for a ruby? Don’t focus on getting a spouse, but rather focus on growing closer with God. If you are in God’s will, then you will get God’s will. Sometimes God’s will is for people to remain single, and I Corinthians shows the value of that. For others, God’s will is for them to be married, and God’s will is always the best. So don’t worry about finding a spouse, but rather determine to be virtuous, and trust God in whatever state you are in.

Devotional br Dr. James A. Scudder