– Proverbs 31:25-26
I love these verses… All of Proverbs 31 is amazing, really, but these verses are just plain powerful, and are things all women can strive for, whether single or married.
Let’s think about what they mean.
“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future..”
How many times have we been driven by our fears rather than by our faith? I have faltered so many times, been too scared to take chances, have worried so much about silly things and not so silly things, have prayed with fear, have felt so unworthy, etc. Reading these verses brings me back to God’s love and grace and sets my focus on what truly is important. Our human nature will never be one of no fear and no worries, but God’s grace reminds us that in spite of all of these things, we can have peace through and in Him. Despite all the troubles that may try to haunt us, we can overcome by relying on His strength and totally surrendering to His will.
Despite the past mistakes we’ve committed, we can be clothed with HIS strength and dignity again. We may not be worthy by ourselves, but He who first loved us makes us worthy. We may not know what tomorrow may bring, but we won’t worry anyway because we are certain that “.. All things work for the good of those who love God..” (Rom8:28) so we know that whatever comes our way, we will be able to come out as overcomers. So we can relax and focus on our present time, on living in the now, while finding our joy in Jesus. Feeling scared sometimes is normal, but a virtuous woman feels fear, and does it anyway, because she knows God is there with her through it all. And if God is Love, and “..there is no fear in Love..” (1John4:18), there shall be no fear while in His shelter.
Let’s continue to look at the verses..
“When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness.”
How many times have we been enwrapped in gossip? Maybe we have not been the ones who started it, but we are there to listen to it. Maybe we meant no harm by making that comment about someone, but we broke a promise by talking about it with someone else after having agreed to total confidentiality. Or how many times have we spoken out of fear or pride or anger or resentment?
Maybe we argued with someone and said things we didn’t mean because we spoke out of temporary emotions. Maybe we cussed. Maybe we yelled at someone. Maybe we fought so hard to prove that we were right because we were too prideful to admit our mistake.
I know we’ve all been through things like these. Thank God for His word, because It gives me great hope, and encourages me to never settle and always strive to keep improving myself. I want to become the best version of myself that I can possibly be, and I know that with His help, strength, dignity, Word, Grace, Forgiveness, unconditional Love, support, Beauty, I can and I will be transformed into the most virtuous woman that I can be. The woman that I know He created me to be.
And what makes a woman virtuous? In my opinion, it’s her faith and her COMPLETE reliance on The LORD. It’s finding joy in the trials, peace in the storms, love in the darkness. It’s deciding to be led by Jesus, rather than by fears. It’s speaking and walking in, and living for, Love. Only then will we be able to fulfill His purpose for our lives.
Trust Him. He knows better than we will/could ever know. Let’s work on becoming the women that God created us to be. One step at a time. 🙂
“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” – Prov.31:30