Proverbs 31:25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
I do love the Proverbs 31 woman! I long to be like her and I am so encouraged by this chapter. But there are many days that I miss the mark of hitting the target of the woman I am determined to be. Do you ever have those days where the more determined you are to “fight the good fight!” take control of your time, finances and other areas of your life and you realize at the end of the day you seemed to have spent the day trying to fight off all the attacks that Satan has thrown at you? The harder you seem to try, the harder he fights to try to keep you down! Well I believe that a good share of the success or failure in our day starts first thing in the morning with getting dressed:
Notice in this verse, “She is clothed with strength and dignity”. First of all to be clothed with anything; strength and dignity, honesty and truth, self discipline and mercy or maybe lying and negativity, hatefulness and discouragement, frustration and powerlessness, is to be covered in it. That is what people see when they look at you; your clothes, whether they are spiritual clothes or physical, you are noticed for both. What you wear “spiritually” personifies who you are on the inside and some may fake it for a while but it still shows up one day so be careful to not be caught with your proverbial skirt tucked in your pantyhose.
Secondly, looking at the same words; “she is clothed” indicates that she chose what to wear. It is a rare thing for a woman to not choose what she will wear on a given day. Most of us do not allow other people to choose our wardrobe for the day. It is the same for what you choose to wear spiritually. You choose! No one else can choose that for you, not even by the way they behave! No one can choose a good or bad attitude for you. Your reactions to what others say and do are still your choice! We must exercise self control in this area as well! It is our choice right here, right now to decide what we will be clothed with. Now you may already be dressed physically for your day but you can still choose to change your spiritual clothes and armor for the day!
Because of this ladies choices she is able to laugh at the days to come. A big part of the reason she can is because she realized along the way that life doesn’t always just “happen” to you, you have choices and your daily choices of what you choose to be clothed with will affect every aspect of your life today and in the days to come. She chose to make right choices in her behaviors and habits which led her to an honorable and successful lifestyle. Start choosing on purpose today, you are truly free to choose your attitude and outlook today, yesterday doesn’t matter, what others think of you from the past doesn’t matter – this is between you and God and you can be successful in all of this with His help! Let’s remember to pray for godly strength for each other all throughout the day today! We can do this!
Quote: “Lord, please keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth” anonymous