My daughter is becoming your typical high school teenage sweetie. She loves all things clothes and shoes and cute. Her recent trek into this realm has come mostly with the turning of the calendar as she is headed into the last four years of “school”. I have been keenly aware these past few months of the importance of reminding her of King Solomon’s simple words in Proverbs.
Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. Proverbs 31:25
While King Solomon, considered the wisest many God every placed on earth, gave this advice to his own son in picking out a wife, it is a nugget of truth that holds for woman today.
Sandwiched between two very important truths, these words rest on a woman’s heart like the cream inside an Oreo. What woman wouldn’t want to be known as one who is strong? One who is full of dignity?
The passage prior exclaims these words
She makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant. Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” (Proverbs 31:24, 26)
In Scripture we see God using woman in all kinds of situations with a variety of talents. Their perseverance and grit in the faces of uncertainty- their belief in God- even in their human frailty- are a testimony to His care and faithfulness.
What makes a girl, or woman, be characterized as strong? In a world that screams for power and recognition, sometimes strength is quiet and very often it is humble. A dependence on God and a determination to follow His ways are the secret strength agent. Someone who is willing to allow her pride to be put down and will rise up to stand for what is right because it is God’s way.
As a strong woman I want to allow God to strengthen me to stand in the face of fear and not be reduced to a puddle in the mud. Instead, using faith, prayers and wisdom from above, build a bridge to cross the puddle and allows the Holy Spirit to infuse every ounce of my being so I can spread the good news of Jesus wherever I goes.
Dignity, or honor, is an equal sister to strength. Our firm belief that God created each of us with beauty and strength give us the confidence to face the future. This allows us to be able to stand and fight for the unjust and show kindness to the weak. When I believe that I have dignity and worth because of what Jesus has done for me, I can share this with others confidently.
We are made in the image of the Holy God, and for this reason, we can hold our head high with dignity. Not allowing what others think of us or shame us is a necessary part in understanding our dignity and worth in Jesus.
So just like my favorite sweater, I am reminded we are cloaked in a blanket of everlasting love, eternal grace, unmerited mercy, and the strength to live today knowing we are worth more that what anyone else believes about us.
God has consistently shown us time and again that His promises are true. As I raise my daughter to find that she is worth more than anyone says and strong because of Jesus, I want her to hear this promise of blessing that King David-Solomon’s dad-prayed before his people
“Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all, In your hand are power and might, and in your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.” (I Chronicles 29:11)