The woman of God is a woman that has received God as her Father, adopting His nature and characteristics as her own; she is of God. She, the woman of God, finds her worth and security in her spiritual Father’s love for her. She is set free and is being set free from her fears and insecurities, recognizing that her physical beauty, what she can offer a potential partner, and personal character are not what set her value. Her value is found in the price that her Father was willing to pay for her, the ultimate price; she is in fact worth dying for. The Son of God, Jesus Christ, purchased her right to be blameless and clean before God the Father and she treasures and receives His presence and His gifts.
Thankfully, much is written about the Godly woman—about her potential roles as a wife or mother. Those writings help us, as Christians, to recognize what we can do to better love the woman of God as her brothers, sisters, husbands, fathers, etc. We know, according to Ephesians 5:33, that a husband should love his wife as himself, even the way Christ loves the church. Children should honor their mother, and a father should love his daughter. These beautiful truths banish cruelties like physical or verbal abusiveness from taking place in the family and the church.
A woman is given instructions for how to treat people and behave—Proverbs 31 paints a beautiful picture of her. She has great moral standards and her husband trusts her to remain faithful and fulfill her promises. She adds to the lives of others, she is a blessing, not a curse. We know men are not to be lazy but we learn here that neither are women, the godly woman is productive. She is capable of recognizing value in products and goods and is responsible with money. She takes what she earns and uses those earnings to invest, her works are profitable. She is compassionate to the poor and the needy, and she is mindful of the needs of her family. She is aware of her physical appearance—making sure she is presentable, dressing herself appropriately. She is a woman of confidence, joy, and peace.
We are given a perfect example of a man in Jesus, but not a perfect woman. However, in the Bible there are several great women of God written of. Ruth became a widow when her husband died, but nowhere in the book of Ruth does she complain or grumble, in fact she chooses to selflessly serve her mother-in-law, putting Naomi’s needs first. Ruth provides Naomi with food and friendship, and she is recorded as being grateful for everything she is given. The very ministry of Jesus Christ was in part supported by women that followed him. In Luke 8, Mary Magdalene, Joanna (Herod’s business manager), and Susanna were some of the women named for contributing their own resources to the work of Jesus. In Proverbs 31:16, the wife of noble character purchases land and plants a vineyard in the land. Abigail, spoken of in 1 Samuel 25, saves the lives of her husband and her entire household by offering gifts to David and apologizing for her husband’s wrongdoing. After Abigail’s husband Nabal dies, David proposes marriage to her and she humbly accepts his proposal saying with great humility, “I, your servant, would be happy to marry David. I would even be willing to become a slave, washing the feet of his servants!” Finally there is the “immoral woman” who cries at the feet of Jesus, kissing him, pouring her perfume on him. She turns from fear, wholeheartedly showing great love to Jesus, disregarding what others may think or say of her.
Exploring Proverbs 31 and the rest of The Holy Bible, we find that the godly woman has much in common with the godly man. Both are children of God, called to be led by the Holy Spirit. They are to produce good fruit in character and works, keeping themselves holy unto God. Scripture taken out of context and poorly translated can lead us to believe falsehoods about women and their purpose. We know though, through our own studies of the Word of God and life experiences, that women are daughters of God. They are capable of having their own real relationships with God the Father, can accept the invitation to salvation through Jesus Christ, and they too can be used by God to accomplish great and powerful works.