“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.”
What Does It Mean to Be a Woman Clothed in Strength and Dignity?
It is so beautiful and important that the Lord would include a woman in scripture who is described and strong and dignified. So many times, a shadow is incorrectly cast on women in scripture as weak or lesser-than, or not as important as the men of the Bible. That is one reason I love the Proverbs 31.
She is such an important part of her husband's life and the lives of her children, but the Lord took time to describe her as strong and dignified. Here is a woman for us to look up to! She has not lost any of herself by being a wife or a mother - she is still strong and dignified and not afraid of what the future holds.
Let us not be intimidated or shamed by this amazing woman in Proverbs 31, but instead realize that the Lord will give us grace to be just like her - filled with His peace and kindness and not afraid of what will come next in our lives. We can be just like her - strong and dignified.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.
26 When she speaks, her words are wise,
and she gives instructions with kindness.
27 She carefully watches everything in her household
and suffers nothing from laziness.
28 Her children stand and bless her.
Her husband praises her:
29 “There are many virtuous and capable
women in the world, but you surpass them all!”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
31 Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly
declare her praise.
She Laughs Without Fear of the Future
Proverbs is known as a book of wisdom and instruction, written (for the most part) by King Solomon. Solomon asked the Lord for wisdom to lead his people and the Lord gave him that wisdom. In fact, Proverbs 4:7 says that wisdom is the main thing and to do everything you can to get it.
Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. Proverbs 4:7
Proverbs 31 gives detailed wisdom and instruction about "The Wife of Noble Character," what she does, and how she is viewed. This is a woman for us to look up to, identify with, and grow into. This is not a woman for us to feel shamed by, or in competition with. No, she is a standard, that by Christ's love and grace, we can walk in!
As Proverbs 31:25 says, this is a woman who is strong and dignified and has so much peace that she can laugh at the future without worry or fear. How beautiful and amazing does she sound?!
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