Yesterday was International Women’s Day. Their web site says it is “a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.” Their 2017 campaign theme is #BeBoldForChange.
The ten values they claim to espouse are: Justice. Dignity. Hope. Equality. Collaboration. Tenacity. Appreciation. Respect. Empathy. And Forgiveness.
On the surface this all sounds pretty good. However, much of what happened yesterday in the United States had an underlying political agenda. Marches and protests were by many from the same group that marched on Washington the day after the Presidential inauguration carrying obscene signs and shouting vulgar chants.
This group also promoted “A Day Without Women” encouraging female workers to strike against their employers. This left several school systems in at least 4 states in a bind and forced to close. It also left many parents scrambling for day care for their children. In addition it was apparent that many, if not most, in this movement were promoting abortion rights.
My personal gratitude for the worth of women begins with my late Mother, Mattie Weliever, and continues with respect for my faithful, loving wife, Norma Jean. Godly women have encouraged me and added value to my life and ministry throughout the years.
So, I offer a tribute to a woman’s worth based on Proverbs 31.
(1) The worthy woman is priceless.
The wise man wrote that her worth is “far above rubies.” Our society often measures value in terms of material things. But the noble character of God’s woman is not determined by status, economic position or fashion. Nor even physical characteristics. “Charm is deceptive; and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord she shall be praised’ (v. 30).
(2) The worthy woman is spiritually minded (v.10).
She is called a woman of “noble character.” This means virtuous or morally excellent. She possesses high moral standards. She is not driven by the carnal values of a sensual society.
(3) The worthy woman is committed to her family (vs. 11-12).
This involves trust. Helpfulness. And sacrifice. Her husband and her children can depend on her.
(4) The worthy woman is a diligent worker (vs.13-19).
She is not lazy. And does not “eat the bread of idleness.” She not only watches over her household, but is involved in business and commerce.
(5) The worthy woman possesses a compassionate heart (v 20).
She cares for those less fortunate. She has a generous spirit, a tender heart and selfless devotion to the needs of others. Much in this world would not be accomplished without the unselfish contributions of women.
(6) The worthy woman provides wise counsel (v 26).
As I think of Timothy’s mother and grandmother who guided him during his formative years, I am reminded of own mother whose godly wisdom shaped my values and gave me direction. Many of us could echo the word of Abraham Lincoln who said, “All that I am or ever hope to be I owe to my angel mother.”
(7) The worthy woman receives a wonderful reward (vs 28-30).
Good men recognize and honor the worth of a godly woman. Her husband, her children and those who witness her works know she is to be praised. The legacy of God’s woman reaches beyond this life into eternity.
So, while women march for their “rights” and some dishonor their divine femininity, we call upon righteous women to mold their lives after the model of the Proverbs 31 woman. Be a woman of honor. Nobility. Character. And spiritual worth.
And men, demonstrate to these women your respect, admiration, and appreciation. They have earned it. And they deserve it.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman