“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.” ~ Proverbs 31:10
At times, do trials seem to increase right before Passover season? This seems to be a constant theme for many people as this season approaches. It would seem Satan does not appreciate this holyday, as it pictures Christ’s sacrifice, and he being defeated. Christ now gives us the power over death, as we will be resurrected and become spirit-born children of God at His return.
“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.”
~ Hebrews 2:14
Hebrew scholars have correlated the New Testament Passover services with the betrothal of Christ to the church. Satan knows this, and this season, I believe, reminds him that in the end Christ wins, we are victorious, and he is utterly defeated. He does not want us at Christ’s wedding supper at His return.
As we see in Revelation, it speaks of Satan going after the church because Satan is angry because he has very little time left, but once again, our Savior steps in and protects His people, His bride. (Revelation 12)
What does this have to do with the Proverbs 31 woman? The Lord says:
“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.”
~ Proverbs 31:10
If we are striving to live the Proverbs 31 mandate, you can be sure that Satan is going to come out and try to attack those attributes to bring us down in our walk with God; but, “greater is He that is in us then he that is in the world.”
“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
~ 1 John 4:4
We need to be on guard and vigilant, watching those areas with prayer and thankfulness because we have our Captain, Jesus Christ our Betrothed that goes before us. With His help, we can look at those characteristics of the Proverbs 31 woman and strive, especially now with zeal to live them each and everyday and God will bless us and our families because of our faith and trust in Him. He has shown His faithfulness to us time and time again, and we need to remind ourselves of His constant care when trials beset us.
But what do trials have to do with rubies?
Because God compares the Proverbs 31 woman to rubies, I would like share what this precious gem has to do with some of the heavy trials we face at times in our lives and how God is forming in us beautiful spiritual qualities.
“Diamonds may get all the attention, but rubies and sapphires are the first choice of kings and the affluent because of their extreme rarity. Only special conditions, initiated by the Flood, could have produced these rare beauties.” 1
…but those little gems have had to go through a considerable amount of heat and pressure to form…then be cut and polished to appear in jewelry or be a part of Aaron’s breastplate of judgement.
“Rubies are formed beneath severe heat as well as pressure in the Earth’s crust. The elevated pressure as well as the temperature roots the elements accountable for the formation of rubies to become molten.” 1
Similarly, sometimes in our lives we feel as if we just can’t take the pressure, take the heat? There may be circumstances that are out of our control or trials that have gone on for extended periods of time. We may become weary and burdened and wonder where God is in all of it, and perhaps even want to give up. “Lord, it’s just not worth it,” you may ponder if the burden becomes too heavy to bear. As stated above, rubies, like diamonds are created under intense heat and pressure deep inside the earth. God also uses our trials to create these masterpieces, precious gems, that will eventually be mined, polished, and treasured.
If we, however, are willing to endure, to consciously make a determined effort…a choice to accept God’s sovereignty in our lives, and to lean on Him, the burden seems so much lighter and easier to bear.
“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations, knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”
~ James 1:2-4
There have been many women in the Bible who have gone before us, determining that they were “willing” to endure, giving them a vision….that of becoming beautiful rubies. The Proverbs 31 women exhibited the Godly character traits we need to work on throughout our lives, and especially during trials if we are to be formed into this rare gem. It isn’t easy to do, but it is necessary in the process to create such a beautiful gem.
This we know for certain, if we allow God to manifest His workmanship in us now during this lifetime, we will used by God in His soon coming Kingdom to serve others, be a crown to our husband (Proverbs 12:4), and a blessing to our children. (Proverbs 31:28)
Are we willing to take the pressure now?
It’s our choice.