[CF Devotionals] 2008-11-30 - Ruth: Two Traits of a Virtuous Woman

Installment 32 ~ Chapter 4, Part 3

Trait 1: The virtuous wife is devoted to her family. This is certainly a trait contrary to current thinking. In today’s world, women are concerned for their families, but their priority is to look out for their own interests and the need for a career. Keep in mind—the woman mentioned in Proverbs isn’t a Betty Crocker or June Cleaver. She takes care of her husband’s matters, as well as the affairs of her home. Consider what scripture says:

“Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her.” But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me.” When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her.”
“A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. … Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land” (Ruth 1:15-18; Proverbs 31:10-12, 23).

Trait 2: The virtuous wife is delighted in her work. Actually, it seems amazing to find anyone delighted with their work these days. Work is seen as the curse of the fall. But work isn’t the problem. It is our attitude towards it that can become the burden, which is because of the fall. Again consider our writers.

“And Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, “Let me go to the fields and pick up theleftover grain behind anyone in whose eyes I find favor Naomi said to her, “Go ahead, my daughter.”

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