Summary: The value of a good woman cannot be overstated.
A Woman Worth Finding
1- A woman of keen mind and understanding heart gazed at Whistler’s portrait of his mother. “It is a remarkable painting of a very lovely lady,” murmured the viewer, “but there is too much peace and calm to be the likeness of a real mother.”
2- To be sure, serenity and tranquillity are desirable qualities of motherhood.
3- In the saga of Every woman, the long story would be one of tears, brutality and slavery.
4- The idealized picture we have in our text,
Proverbs 31:10- 31 (quickview) , may not represent the average wife and mother in Israel at the time, but it does capture the imagination and remind us that all too rarely does mother receive the recognition she deserves. She presents an ideal of motherhood that we have never outgrown.
Timeless portrait of a woman of true excellence. (Characteristics)
1- The Excellent Woman Is A Huge ASSET To Her Family. (31:10) PRO 19:14 Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the LORD. (NIV)
1.) “Virtuous” OT word 244 times translated; strength, army and wealth.
2.) Most of us understand the word liability, but she us an asset!
2- Her Husband Can Place His Full TRUST In Her. (31:11-12)
3- The Excellent Woman Is DILIGENT. (31:13-20)
4- The Excellent Woman Provides the NEEDS Of Her Home. (31:21)
5- The Excellent Woman BEAUTIFIES Her Surroundings. (31:22)
1.) Her home. “tapestry”
2.) Her clothing. “silk and purple”
6- The Excellent Woman PROMOTES Her Husband. (31:23)
7- The Excellent Woman Prepares Her Family For the FUTURE.
• Salvation and evangelism. (Prov 31:24-27)
RECOGNIZE - your perfect vantage point from which to reach your home for Christ!
1 PET 3:1 Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, (NIV)
[Illus #3622 The Will of Henry Heinz]
8- The Excellent Woman Controls Her TONGUE. (31:26)
• This takes absolute surrender to God.
If Proverbs does not rise completely to the standard of our modern era in which woman is finding emancipation from the age-long conceit that man was her master, it should not be forgotten that in the interval between the writing of Proverbs and our own time the world has been profoundly affected by the teaching of Jesus.
CONCLUSION: Every woman can, and should, be a excellent woman! Because of the REWARDS which she herself will find, and the BENEFITS it will give to those who depend on her. (Vs. 28-31)
[Illus #3621 The Statue of Liberty.]
•Appeal: Are you a Godly “Excellent” woman? •Call to surrender to God. (MEN???)