Today’s post is the last in a five-part series called Set Apart, with excerpts taken from Set Apart: Becoming a Virtuous Woman in a Modern World. I, along with several other bloggers, collaborated to write this new 28-day devotional for women based on the principles found in Proverbs 31. Today’s study is written by Rachel Marie of Day2DayJoys.
“Many women do noble things
but you surpass them all.”
In the last verse we talked about the Virtuous Woman’s children calling her blessed and her husband praising her. In verse 29 we see exactly what her husband says to praise her.
The Virtuous Woman’s husband says, “Many women do noble things.” The second day of this study, in verse 10, we talked about being noble. Nobility was defined as “having or showing fine personal qualities or high moral principles and ideals.” It is as if he is saying to her, “Many women have fine personal qualities, and great ideals. But you, you leave them in the dust. You excel. You surpass them all!”
Surpass means to distinguish oneself, to stand out, or to excel. But how? And how can I become someone who is excellent?
We can “surpass them all” and become excellent when we seek the Lord’s will in our hearts, and when we desire to follow his ways. While other women may seek to make themselves look better, to gain status or be what our culture desires women to be, we are on an opposite mission. We seek to bring the Lord glory.
Each of us is valuable! God created us with unique qualities and talents and we use those to build His kingdom by building our homes, husbands, and children up. Are we using our talents to show that serving the Lord is fun and rewarding?
We may not be noble all of the time, we will make mistakes but that’s why we need Jesus. We are excellent when we show humility and that we cannot do life on our own. We ask forgiveness of our husband or children when we do wrong. We praise and encourage them. When we are an example of what it looks like to serve Jesus in our homes – we are being excellent.
Lord, thank you for giving me a desire to serve you and to seek you in all I do. I want to use these special talents and abilities you have given to me to help build your kingdom. Help me to find ways to do this! Help me to be excellent in all I do and when I mess up, thank you for your grace and forgiveness. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Other Contributors to Set Apart:
Ashley Roe, Joyful Thrifty Home
Kendra Stamy, A Proverbs 31 Wife.
Danielle Tate, More Than Four Walls.
Sarah Nichols, Simple Life, Abundant Life.
Jennifer Fountain, Growing Up Triplets.
Karli Von Herbulis, Feed Me Mama.
Anjanette Barr, Raising the Barrs.
Virginia George, Virginia George .Com.
Rachel Marie, Day to Day Joys.
Crystal Hatcher, Wisdom Seeking Mommy.
Whitney Cornelison, Beauty in the Mess