We tend to use phrases such as, “He’s a good man” or “she’s a good woman” when describing someone in whom we find an impressive level of integrity and spiritual fortitude. Of course we know that any level of goodness in a human being, especially in a believer, originates with God because we are sinful creatures. Nevertheless, when we survey the whole of humanity, it doesn’t take long before those with personal integrity really stand out.
You’re probably quite familiar with the virtuous woman of Proverbs 31. Her attributes and character have been the subject of many messages. This is especially true around mothers day or at women’s conferences hosted by churches. Yet verse 29 stands out as a final gleaming testimony to her faith in God: “Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.” This is God’s way of saying that in a sea of many good women, there is THE virtuous woman who raises her mast of integrity above the rest. She excels all others without question.
So often we strive simply to be good enough. We compare ourselves with others and think because we’re just slightly better than the rest we will prevail. But that’s the wrong measure and standard by which we should judge our character. Christ is our example. The virtuous woman confides in Him and constantly evaluates her life in the light of His radiant image. Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. God will ever bless such a faithful woman, and the works of her own hands will be her reward.