Week 1 Wrap-Up (A Virtuous Life Bible Study)
As my study in prudence continued through last week, we read in the books of Ruth and Proverbs. One thing I learned about myself already in this study is that I am not as insightful as I thought I was! Who knew the story of Ruth was full of so much symbolism and foreshadowing into the new testament? (Well, obviously some people did…I just was not one of them.) I am so thankful for the online resources being posted for this study and for the numerous comments and perspectives that are shared by others that are participating. Without hearing other people’s thoughts I would have never connected the symbolism in Ruth’s story! I certainly did not recognize that we can actually parallel our relationship with Christ with the relationship of Ruth and Boaz. If there is one thing I hope to take away at the end of this series it will be to learn how to open my mind more to a creative way of thinking and to learn how to meditate in and on the Word for a revelation in meaning.
I personally read into the story of Ruth a little more literally though. Perhaps it is because I am on such a specific quest to improve myself and my own marriage that I focused in more on the love story. The love story of a devoted and loving daughter-in-law who was honorable and caring well beyond any obligations. The love story of a meek and patient woman who pursued ever so gently, humbly, and honorably a man who would provide and care for her in the ways she deserved. A love story of a Godly man who took notice of a woman because of her true virtue and strength not because of fleshly lust or desires. Ruth is a beautiful example of how a respectful woman approaches a respectable man and wins his heart through God.Proverbs 31 has become my manual, my go-to guide. “A woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.” To me that verse sums up the whole idea of being a virtuous woman. But I love all of the specific examples this chapter gives as practical insight. And although some things may not seem “practical” today, the ideas can still be applied and modified to fit into our changing times and roles. I really see Proverbs 31 as a standard set for women, wives, and future wives. Both a standard for men to look for in a Godly woman and a standard for women to strive for in Christ. These attributes and traits listed throughout the chapter I believe are offered to us because not only are they pleasing to men but they are pleasing to God as well. If we strive for these qualities for our husbands then we strive for these qualities for God and as obedience to His standards. I also believe that if wives strive for Godly goals and attributes then so will our husbands. If they want good wives then they will be good husbands.
I was beside myself with fear and disappointment in myself when my husband walked out on me. All I wanted to do was make him happy with me again. For him to look at me and feel absolute love. I started praying for a way to make that happen. I prayed for God to give me the opportunity to be the wife my husband desired and for him to see in me the woman he loves. I prayed for guidance and insight and I began reading Proverbs 31. My prayer every day from that moment was to become this Proverbs 31 Wife.