So, to start the series we’ll be looking at just the first verse in this section of scripture.
A capable, intelligent, and virtuous woman–who is he who can find her? She is far more precious than jewels and her value is far above rubies or pearls. – Proverbs 31:10 AMP
What a way to begin describing the ideal woman. What God is doing here is reaffirming her value. Every woman has a desire to be valued, to be important. And she has a deep desire to be beautiful. Otherwise the cosmetics industry would not be such a big market. But sometimes we don’t truly know our worth. We use makeup to cover what we feel are blemishes, and we diet and try so hard. This verse is not just talking about the value, but the value of a ruby comes from it’s own innate beauty. The value of a pearl comes from its shimmering uniqueness. The value of the woman described above comes from within herself. She is capable, intelligent, and virtuous and it is those qualities that make her beauty shine forth.
Now that beauty does take some trying circumstances to produce. A ruby is nothing more than a rock that must be carefully and precisely cut by a professional jeweler to create the sparkling facets that bring out the rich red color so many covet. A pearl starts as a common piece of sand caught in the muscle of an oyster, whose irritation causes it to continue to coat it until it has become a precious pearl. Neither start out being perfect, but it takes time. And it takes releasing yourself into the hands of the Master Jeweler, God who created you and knows the things that must be cut away to bring out the deepest and richest parts of yourself.
Remember, “People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7