…and she shall rejoice in the time to come.(KJV)
What does it mean to be clothed with strength & dignity so much so that you can laugh, rejoice, smile, and be confident about the future?
The Matthew Henry Commentary says "she enjoys firmness and constancy of mind, has the spirit to bear up under the many crosses and disappointments which even the wise & virtuous must expect to meet in this world. Strength and dignity is her clothing, for defense as well as decency. She deals honorably with all, and she has the pleasure of doing so, and shall "rejoice in the days to come."
The word rejoice in the KJV is the Hebrew word sachaq meaning to laugh in contempt or to laugh without fear of a thing or person. I love that. What I'm learning from this scripture is that strength & dignity is found in Christ alone. In trusting Him completely for my future.
This virtuous woman talked about in Proverbs 31
She knows that trials will come but she abides closely to her Father.
She knows life isn't always easy.
She has no idea what the future holds but can laugh because she knows
to whom she belongs.
She can have joy everyday despite her circumstances because the joy of the Lord
She is unmoved by the news on the t.v. & can laugh because she knows her God is greater
She is prepared to handle anything that comes her way because she seeks God daily.
She is truly fearless because with God leading her way there is NOthing to fear.
Charm is deceptive but beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
She is bold enough to laugh at the enemy because her future is secure in Christ. There is no need to fear anything or anyone but the Lord. She understands that the "fear of the Lord" is the beginning of her knowledge (Proverbs 1:7) She is aware that His perfect love cast out fear & she is perfected in His love. Fear ceases to exist when we are fully open & exposed to the love of Abba(daddy) God. He loves so purely & so perfectly that any negative emotion must be acknowledged and dealt with. He lovingly exposes the error of our thinking and the fear that seemed so powerful, in the light of His Truth, turns to dust & blows away. Not because we didn't truly experience it but because it was properly exposed for what it was. Today I pray that you allow His perfect love to cast out anything that doesn't belong. To rid yourself of anything that is hindering you from walking in all that He purposed for you!