This is the last part of the series on the virtuous woman. My aim was to study and see how single ladies could apply this part of the Bible. It is commonly seen as a passage for married ladies. I must admit that it has not been an easy journey. I at times got overwhelmed, by how perfect this lady is. However, i got encouraged to know that she is a reflection, of the lady I should strive to become. So now we get to the final verses.
Verse 27 She looked well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
This lady is seen to be keen, although she has her hands full with work. She knows the details, of whatever is going on in her household. On this i think she must be very good with delegation, given the tasks she does in the previous verses. It is not wrong to ask for help with work, but once you handover you also take responsibility. The verse goes on to talk of how she is not idle or rather lazy. This has been repeated several times in this passage. A virtuous woman is productive.
Verse 28-29 Her children arise up, and call her blessed, her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
In a family set up, children and the husband are the closest to a woman. For your closest people to call you blessed, it shows that one is awesome in and out. This lady does not wear a kind face outside the home, but also in the household. We might be struggling with a few things, but we could try to be a blessing to those close to us. Can your family call you blessed? Can they praise you? Are they glad you are part of the family?
verse 30-31 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates.
First just to give a disclaimer, beauty is not evil. In the past verses we saw this lady grooming in very expensive attire. So this verse is not meant to make you feel like you have to be ugly to be virtuous.
Now back to the verse, the fear of the Lord, is very necessary. Someone once said a beautiful lady who has no character, once she opens her mouth she turns ugly. Once one fears the Lord, praise may not come immediately, but eventually she will receive it. Note that, the verse says she is to be given the fruit of her hands. This means that work comes before fruit.
In conclusion, what I have learned in this passage, is that we should just work on ourselves. Don’t be frustrated by the things you have not yet achieved, so much that you forget to better yourself. As you work on yourself, one day you’ll look back and you will eat the fruit of your hard work.