She is Clothed with Strength and Dignity

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She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. Proverbs 31:25


She is Clothed in Strength and Dignity Proverbs 31:25


In several prior verses from this chapter, we learn that the Proverbs 31 woman makes clothing and garments for herself, her family and others (She makes coverings for her bed;
    she is clothed in fine linen and Proverbs 31:22, for example – if you want to dig deeper into this verse, see THIS POST), but in this verse, we see a glimpse of her “spiritual clothing”. There are several references throughout the Bible on what we “put on” ourselves or “clothing yourself with Christ” (for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. – Galatians 3:27).

When we first believed, we were clothed with Christ and became children of God through faith. We put on our clothing of strength and dignity by growing in our faith and asking the Holy Spirit to work in us (Galatians 5:16-26)

We also find a reference to clothing ourselves with strength in Isaiah 52:1   – Awake, awake, Zion, clothe yourself with strength! Put on your garments of splendor, Jerusalem, the holy city. The uncircumcised and defiled will not enter you again.

She is Clothed in Strength and Dignity Proverbs 31:25

It is God’s desire for us as Christian women for us to wrap ourselves in honor, inner beauty and strength. We can do this through seeking God in all we do and studying His Word to learn how He wants us to live. All around us in today’s world are things that are not of God. We see and hear the worldview on television, music, in the workplace and goodness, even on Facebook. It is only by truly seeking Him and surrounding ourselves with things (and people) of God that we can clothe ourselves in strength and dignity.
Little steps such as listening to Christian music and spending time with other believers can help draw us closer to Him and further from worldviews. We can never escape the worldview, altogether unless we want to live in a remote cabin with no neighbors or technology, but we can take practical steps to intimately know and seek God.
The second part of this verse, “she can laugh at the days to come” also comes from knowing and seeking God. Because this virtuous woman seeks God in all her steps, she is not afraid for the future or anxious about anything. As said in Matthew 6:34, she lets “tomorrow worry about itself”.
When I had my cancer diagnosis this past summer, my first instinct (I’m human, after all) was near panic. What if they didn’t catch it in time? What is the prognosis? What if I need a colostomy bag? When I took a step back and began writing scripture about fear and relying on God and  then praying over that scripture, I began to let go of the fear. I thanked God for this diagnosis that drew me closer to Him and provided the catalyst for me to encourage others to get early screening for colon cancer.
Matthew 6_34 She is Clothed in Strength and Dignity Proverbs 31:25
While cancer is no laughing matter, I was no longer afraid for the future. I knew that God held me in the palm of His hand and would take care of me – even if that care may not look like I had hoped. He was in control and that knowledge brought me incredible peace.

 Are you clothed in strength and dignity? Can you laugh at the days to come knowing that God is in control?
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To look at the next verse in Proverbs 31, She speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction... see this post.
Because of Him,
Susan is a writer, speaker and the creator of Women of Noble Character ministries. She is passionate about helping Christian women deepen their walk with God through Bible study and creative worship and strengthen their marriages.

She lives in rural North Central Missouri with her handsome and hilarious husband and a myriad of dogs, cats and chickens.

Susan runs on Jesus, coffee and not enough sleep.

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