My daughter is becoming your typical high school teenage sweetie. She loves all things clothes, 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
Characteristics of Women with Strength and Dignity
Often considered the wisest man God ever placed on earth, King Solomon, gave this advice to his own son in selecting a wife.
Sandwiched between two very important truths, these words-strength and dignity- can 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 around this verse 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.”
In Scripture we see God using women 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 woman strong?
Strength by the world’s standards often looks very different from what God calls of us. God tells us throughout Scripture that when we live according to His commands and allow ourselves to be led by His Spirit, we are made strong. His charge to His disciples and those who follow Him speaks to His desire for us to live in His power and might.
Upon being questioned, Jesus explained that the greatest commandment was to
“…love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)
While this command may sound like a difficult task, the beauty is that when we love God with all of our strength He infuses us with His strength. The more we give the more we get–and this increases our desire to persevere in His ability and not our own.
What about dignity?
Dignity, or honor, is an equal sister to strength. Our firm belief that God created each of us with beauty and a loving hand gives 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 we believe that we have dignity and worth because of what Jesus has done for us, we can share this with others confidently.
We are made in the image of the Holy God, and for this reason, we can hold our heads high. Not allowing what others think of us or shaming us is a necessary part of understanding our dignity and worth in Jesus. It is when we are confident in our placement at Christ’s side, we know that whatever we face in the future can be fought because He walks beside us.
Finding the Truth
As daughters of Christ, may we be reminded we are cloaked in a blanket of everlasting love.
We are embraced with His eternal grace.
We can receive His unmerited mercy.
Confidently we can live in the strength He gives today, knowing we are worth more than what anyone else believes about us.
God has consistently shown us time and again that His promises are true.
Because of this, I want to raise my daughter to discover that she is worth more than anyone says.
I want to show her that she can strong because of the power of Christ.
Every day I want her to hear this promise of blessing that King David-the father of King Solomon-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, it is to make great and to give strength to all.” (I Chronicles 29:11)
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