By Georgia (Jo) Kent
“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” Proverbs 31:25
‘Dignified’… the very word speaks to something in my spirit. I imagine a self-controlled woman making deliberate choices about what she says and does based on her priorities. I imagine a woman whose personality is not changed by circumstances, but exhibits grace under all kinds of challenges.
What is dignity? We find it mentioned in Proverbs 31:25 as something to be desired, “She is clothed with strength and dignity.” The dictionary defines dignity as “the quality or state of being worthy, honored or esteemed.” Based on that definition and the entire chapter of Proverbs 31, I believe a woman clothed in dignity is one who knows who she is in Christ, and chooses to act in ways consistent with her high calling as a child of God. Sometimes, it’s easy to be so busy running around doing things for God that you forget all He really wants is your heart.
“Charm and grace are deceptive, and beauty is vain, but a woman who reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord, she shall be praised!” Proverbs 31:30
I think of Rahab, [Joshua 2,6] who chose the things of God rather than the things of this world. We are enticed every day with worldly thoughts, attitudes, and way of life. Rahab understood that drawing near to God and his people would give her the strength she needed to choose wisely. That strength allowed her to believe in a better future far beyond the walls of Jericho. Rahab inspires us to believe in a better future beyond this life and become a strong woman of dignity and strength.
Proverbs 31 continues to give us a description of the virtuous woman and we see she is a woman of strength and honor, and is well-prepared for the future. She also is a woman of wisdom and speaks kindly to others. Where does this woman receive her strength and honor? It is from the Lord. When a person is strong in the Lord, they will also be honorable and receive honor. Your strength and power does not come from how much you can accomplish in one day. It flows out of your relationship with your Heavenly Father. Who is a virtuous woman today? Proverbs 31 tells us that it is the woman who puts God first.
Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies” Proverbs 31:10
Precious Lord, help us see True beauty is found inside when we develop godly character and are clothed with Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.