Proverbs 31:17 and 25
She dresses herself with strength
and makes her arms strong.
Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
Once again, how do Christian women not read this and feel woefully out of shape in every way? This Proverbs woman looks intimidating in body and spirit!
Ladies, if you look at this description through Hollywood lenses then you will indeed be discouraged and angry. This is not some poster child advertisement for Christian women to be better women or better wives. It is much more about the true power of a godly woman whose strength is ultimately in the Lord, not her gifts or abilities.
This godly woman was confident but not arrogant. She seemed to face the challenges of each day with a clear conscience and renewed strength to give her best to whatever obligations were before her. But did she ever have a bad day? Did she ever run out of energy and resources? Where, then, was her confidence?
I would suggest to you the godly woman is on a mission not to be a super woman but a sincere woman whose focus is on faithfulness. As we will discuss later, she is “a woman who fears the Lord.” She sincerely strives to be increasingly grounded in the love of her Lord and Savior. Obviously not all women, single or married, have the same gifts, but all are called to reflect their first love in how they live, love, and serve. The church is in desperate need today, not of high profile achievers, but of humble servants of Christ; people who care more about the glory of God than their own reputation.
A godly woman is a powerful influence in her own home as well as the family of God.
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