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All glorious within


The Virtuous Woman
far above rubies
the sharing of trust
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She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. Proverbs 31:12

Gamel = the camel, long used in the service if man, bearing forth his goods and treasures with remarkable powers of persistence, and with great durable qualities even in the most hard-going wilderness conditions. Part of the train of Rebekah as she journeys to Isaac, and of the Queen of Sheba too, bearing good things to Solomon.

SHE DOES HIM GOOD How beautiful the thought! She is good, and she does Him good. It is her nature and her role. Fruit of God's Own Spirit (Gal 5:22, Eph 5:9), goodness may be variously defined. It is the receptive state of heart ready to embrace His every word and nurture it as living precious seed to bring forth much fruit.(Mat 13:23.) Goodness is as salt, fully effective in the purpose of its being. If it should lose its savor it is good for nothing. (Mat 5:13.) Goodness is the giving of the best, the centring of the attention on the one thing needful. The Hebrew carries the thought of ?asing'. Attitudes and work s are only good in that they are pleasing to our Lord. It is His definition of goodness to do only those things that please His Father, and it is our earnest desire and endeavour to more and more share that only worthy aim of existence.

ALL THE DAYS OF HER LIFE So does each body member function every day and every hour, with precision and sensitivity fulfilling every desire of the Head in every service it can pay. What goodness is there in the vine save to bear grapes? All other purposes are broken off from the day of betrothal. Each day is now her Lord's, and every act has part in the language of her love for Him. In the youthful days of inexperience she tries so hard to please though lacking expertise. As the years pass, it matures into absorbing delight. In riper years, - fulfilment. His "lovest thou Me?" rings in her ears each hour, and finds relief in the outlet He supplies. "Tend My lambs." "My goodness extendeth not to Thee.." unless directed towards "the saints that are in the earth." In His eyes and now in hers, they are "the excellent" that ever reflect the exceeding glory of all His goodness as it passes before them, "in whom is all my delight."