Written by Sis. Cathyann Andrews
Scripture of Focus: Proverbs 31:25
Proverbs 31 is often looked to for its clever advice which the author attributes to his mother, including the importance of “clothing” oneself in virtue. It is in Proverbs 31:25 that we hear the well-known phrase "she is clothed with strength and dignity". Let us take a deeper look at the meaning of this verse - it's symbolism, how these characteristics are displayed, and how we can faithfully live this way today. Scripture often uses clothing to symbolize a person’s spiritual state. For example, Adam and Eve covered themselves with fig leaves not only to literally cover up their nakedness but also to symbolically cover up the shame that gripped them after they had disobeyed God (Genesis 3:7-8).
We, as Christians, know we can spiritually put on the full armor of God to “suit up” for battle against the world’s many temptations (Ephesians 6:10-17).
Also, Revelation tells us that those who go to Heaven will be dressed in white to signify their spiritual purity (Revelation 7:9)
In the King James Version Bible, Proverbs 31 Woman is described as “a virtuous woman.” She is sometimes called other names depending on which version you read:
a wife of noble character
a woman of valor
an excellent wife
a capable wife
Whatever you call her, the Proverbs 31 Woman is surely a woman after God’s own heart. To further signify her desire to be virtuous, the word she is mentioned 18 times and her is mentioned 26 times.
It is important that we understand that Proverbs 31 is not a checklist of characteristics designed to make women feel bad. Instead, it gives us a look into what it means to be a Christian woman today and the beautiful bride of Christ, His church. (Are you not Fearfully and Wonderfully made, Psalm 139:14?)
Many women ignore the idea that it is even possible to be a Proverbs 31 woman, or they feel discouraged by the apparently impossible standard set for women in this passage.
God’s word is useful for instruction, correction, and reproof., so that the servant of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3: 16). God’s Word is still pertinent today. Sisters, Proverbs 31 is not by happenstance; it is possible to live a virtuous life if we place our trust in Christ and ask Him to come into our hearts, He will help us to overcome sin and victory. For I, the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. Isaiah 41:13.
Becoming a Proverbs 31 woman does not mean being a perfect, idealistic woman who can do it all and do it all at once. To be the woman that God wants us all to be we must first, pray and ask God to show us how we can live out the verses of Proverbs 31. Secondly, we must understand that change often happens slowly, but God is ready and able to help us along the way.
Finally my sisters “ you can laugh at the days to come” because you trust in God’s plan for you (Proverbs 31:25).
Remember that God sees you and He thinks you are worth more than rubies!
You are priceless!!
Sis. CathyAnn Andrews