“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her … She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.” (Proverbs 31:10,11)
Let’s imagine for a moment that a family has entrusted a banker with a box full of beautiful, expensive jewels. They have been in the family for generations and are priceless and irreplaceable. Now imagine that, rather than quietly locking those jewels in the bank’s vault, the banker puts them out in the middle of the bank’s main lobby in a glass case with no lock on the door. He takes great pains to display them very attractively and put up colorful signs that draw the attention of all who walk by. Would that be wise? Do you think that the owners of those jewels would appreciate it? I think that we would all certainly agree that that would be the height of foolishness and that the owners of the jewels would be horrified.
Can you see the parallels between those jewels and you? Do you realize that those jewels represent your body? Your jewels also belong to another and should be kept safely locked up for him. If you are single, would your future husband wish you to be careless with these treasures? If you are married, do you think your husband wants you to be careless with his treasure? Would he enjoy knowing how many other men had seen, been attracted to, and enjoyed gazing at them; to know how many other men had dreamed of owning what was rightfully his alone; to know of the potential risk to the safety of his jewels? I think we can safely answer all of these questions with a resounding, “No!”
Proverbs 31 asks “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her … She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.” Let us be such women, whose “price is far above rubies!” Let us not present ourselves as being cheap and of little worth, but rather as those who have been bought with a great price (1 Corinthians 6:20). Protect the treasures that belong to your husband, so that his heart may safely trust in you. Do your husband good all the days of your life; even if you don’t know yet who he might be.
Think again of the analogy of the jewels. Most likely the majority of the people passing by those unguarded jewels in the bank lobby would not be thieves; but more than likely most people would be drooling at the thought of owning those jewels! They would be dreaming of what they could do if only those jewels belonged to them; they would feel tempted by how easily within reach those jewels were; they might start to imagine how they could actually go about taking those jewels and how much they would enjoy owning them. Many would stand and stare at the jewels, admiring and enjoying their beauty. Most people would not actually take the jewels, but many would entertain thoughts of “what if?” Perhaps, eventually, a man who had never really thought he would steal something would be overcome by just how easily in reach those jewels were and would give in to the temptation to steal one. “Surely it would not be wrong to take one; they must really not be all that valuable–after all, they are sitting here out on display and unguarded!” Or, perhaps a professional jewelry thief was passing by and, with no qualms of conscience, simply stole them all away, leaving the owners devastated by a loss that could never be recovered!!
Do you know that when you dress in a revealing, sensual way, you are treating your jewels as carelessly as that banker treated those entrusted to him? You are sending the message that your jewels really aren’t all that valuable and are free for the taking; you could even be catching the eye of a “jewel thief”!
You owe it to the Lord who has bought you with a great price to dress as though you belong to Him and not to the Enemy. You owe it to yourself to dress as though you are not cheap and free for the taking, but are a valuable child of God. You owe it to your future husband to save yourself for him in every way.
I hope this little analogy has been helpful to you and has prompted you to examine yourself and how you are treating your “precious jewels”. You are His jewel!
~Graced and Grateful Grammy
“And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels…” (Malachi 3:17)