Noel Pinnock, Contributing Writer
The expression virtuous woman is from the Hebrew ishshah chayil and literally means one of power either in mind or body, or both. As one source comments, “She is the perfect housewife, the chaste helpmate of her husband, upright, God-fearing, economical, wise” (The Pulpit Commentary, Vol. 9, pg. 597). I submit that the virtuous woman of Proverbs 31 stands as an ideal example of God’s woman viewed from such facets as wife, mother, sister, auntie, grandmother, manufacturer, merchant, CEO, lawyer, pharmacist, astronaut, doctor, legislator, pharmacist, engineer, homemaker, teacher, professor, entertainer, counselor, preacher, and landowner. Let me introduce the virtuous woman who is in it to win it, according to the psalmist in Psalms 31:10-22 (NIV):
“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeks wool, and flax, and works willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants’ ships; she brings her food from afar. She rise also while it is yet night and give meat to her household and a portion to her maidens. She considers a field, and buys it: with the fruit of her hands she plant vineyard. She girds her loins with strength, and strengthens her arms. She perceives that her merchandise is good: her candle go not out by night. She lays her hands to the spindle and her hands hold the distaff. She stretches out her hand to the poor; yea, she reaches forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She makes herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
It becomes more and more transparent that women are the backbone of our existence, and through their wombs, they renew and replenish the core of our very human existence. Women in it to win it do not lose sight of their spirituality and divine purpose. In verse 30 of this chapter, we read:
Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that fears the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.”
What gates? Well, the gates in life: church, home, work, school, market, civic, etc. A woman who chooses to win focuses on her spirituality and divine purpose, embracing her future in order to illuminate her path of victory.
My wife of over 13 years was challenged in her last semester of college when she reached the bottom of her last trimester with our first child. As you can imagine, she was more then ready to give birth and was not really trying to sit in a classroom; nonetheless, she commuted to and from the university campus. However, she had an internal desire to win and not let her physical condition, albeit natural, be a hindrance to her completing her last semester. She was striving to be one of the first college graduates in her immediate family, and she kept that at the forefront of her thinking. She would recite this prayer of fortitude each morning before she would head off to class:
“Dear Lord, accomplishing anything requires discipline, determination, and deliberate and definable actions with a clear goal in mind. I want you to use me despite my extra load to do your wonders. Lord, here I am. Take me, use me, and be all around me today. I thank you Lord for your guidance, protection, and provisions.”
She not only had to face the rigors of senior level courses, but she had to contend with the challenges of pregnancy. Nevertheless, she never lost sight of her appointed purpose, giving birth to our son and graduating college with honors. My wife was in it to win it because she set a goal, chartered a path, and never stopped trying to achieve. Accomplishing anything required discipline. At the heart of a woman winning are the essence and characteristics of the virtuous woman.
To read more about author Noel Pinnock, B.S., M.P.A., C.A., CCC, IPMA-SCP, please visit www.noelpinnock.com.