[CF Devotionals] 2008-12-28 - Ruth: Conclusion

Installment 36 ~ Chapter 4, Part 7

Trait 8: The virtuous wife delivered blessings. A godly wife brings blessings to all around her – for herself, her husband, her children and by extension, generations to come. As we bless our children, they in turn may bless theirs.

“The women said to Naomi: “Praise be to the LORD, who this day has not left you without a kinsman-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel!  He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.”

“Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate” (Ruth 4:14-15; Proverbs 31:28-29, 31).

Conclusion: As I already noted, the specifics of Proverbs 31 are not applicable to most wives, because the woman pictured here is in very prosperous circumstances. Nevertheless, the qualities are desirable for all wives. After all, Ruth’s circumstances are at the opposite end of the social spectrum, yet she too is a virtuous woman. And … One can certainly understand why Boaz was attracted to Ruth, as she demonstrated these qualities. As parents, we should desire our daughters demonstrate these same qualities.

The question we must ask ourselves is how can we help our young women desire them? One obvious answer is for mothers to demonstrate these same qualities before their daughters. Another factor is the need for the church to create an environment where women are encouraged to stand for the Lord, instead of being beaten down by the world. This should be done without legalistic overtones. Instead there should be the recognition they will be blessed by being godly, but in bondage if they buy into the world’s values.

Young ladies, you should desire these same qualities, so that you will find peace and contentment, and Lord willing a godly man who will treat you with the love, respect and support you desire. Consider what the author of Proverbs says:

“He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD” (Proverbs 18:22).

Don’t you want your future husbands to say this about you? Then don’t get caught up in the emptiness of the world, no matter how appealing, but consider the blessings of the Lord as your desire.

Finally, parents, be in prayer for your daughters, that they will be virtuous women. Also pray for the young men who will one day be their husbands, that they be men of God. Young women, pray that God is touching the life of the man He will one day bring into Your life.

God give us Christian homes! God give us Christian homes! Homes where the Bible is loved and taught, Homes where the mother in caring quest, Homes where the Master’s will is sought, Strives to show others Your way is best, Homes crowned with beauty Your love has wrought; Homes where the Lord is an honored guest;

God give us Christian homes! God give us Christian homes!  Homes where the father is true and strong, Homes where the children are led to know Homes that are free from the blight of wrong, Christ in His beauty who loves them so, Homes that are joyous with love and song; Homes where the altar fires burn and glow; God, give us Christian homes; God, give us Christian homes! 6

6 McKinney, B.B., “God, Give Us Christian Homes ",The Celebration Hymnal, Word/Integrity, Dallas, TX, 1997, #457

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