“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.” Proverbs 31:25
She laughs. I don’t know about you, but the political, social, and spiritual state of our country leaves me with little desire to laugh these days. Christianity is on trial around every corner. Politicians mock, kill, curse, lie, and cheat at every opportunity. Abortion ravages our children. Riots bloody our streets.
While Proverbs 31 is a timely description of a virtuous woman in those days, its general idea equally suits every time and place. Every day, every age, every woman faces genuine concern over what is happening in her world and how it will affect her children and her future. Concern, as a matter of analyzing events and effecting change, is healthy and God-given (Luke 10:25-37). But left unchecked, concern often creeps its way into anxious fear, and fear is neither healthy nor God-given (2 Tim 1:7).
Oh, how Satan desires us to fear the future! If we’re fearing the future, ladies, we’re not stepping out in faith to change it. We instead become pawns in the enemy’s game to stir up more fear and spread it to others. Sisters, our future does not dangle from the finger of the enemy, but instead is held secure by the Creator of heaven and earth who seals us with His Spirit (Eph 1:13)!
The strength and dignity with which women of God are clothed is found in the joy of the Lord (Neh 8:10), filling us with peace that surpasses understanding and mounts guard over our hearts and minds (Phil 4:7). We can laugh without fear because we know the Lord Himself stands at our side, strengthening us to fully share the Good News of Jesus Christ (2 Tim 4:17).
What a vibrant, holy, shining life we would live if all we feared was the Lord Himself (Ps 11:10; Prov 9:10), revering His name, His love, and His mercy, and laughed without fear for the future!
Troubles come – that’s guaranteed. But it’s those very troubles that produce the fruit that produces the joy of the Lord that is our strength. Don’t strive against trials and tribulations. Glory in them (Rom 5:3). Count them joy (Ja 1:2-3). Allow them to do their full work, and then the genuineness of our faith will be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 Pet 1:7).
Fear not evil, Sisters, for the Lord is with us (Ps 23:4). He fills our mouth with laughter and our lips with shouts of joy (Job 8:21). She who is clothed with strength and dignity laughs at the time to come. Go ahead, laugh, for the Lord has done great things for you (Ps 126:2)!
In His name and for His glory, Jodi Greene