Tuesday, December 1, 2015
"She Can Laugh at the Days to Come"
"She can laugh at the days to come."
Proverbs 31:25, NIV
Quite a few years ago I attempted to write a devotional booklet for women based upon the "Proverbs 31 Woman". You know the one...that marvelous example of womanhood that many of us would love to emulate, but all too often we sadly fall short and find ourselves thinking we can never measure up to her standards. If you are interested in seeing some of what I did write, I'll leave a few links at the end of this post. You will quickly see what I mean about not measuring up...
Anyway, before writing this post I searched back through the things I had written from Proverbs 31, and discovered that I had written something for every verse in that chapter except for this particular verse 25. I'm not sure why I skipped over this one. The other verses were certainly more difficult in some ways...
But let's look at the complete verse...in the New International Version it says:
"She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come."
The version of the Bible that I normally read is the New King James version, and it reads this way:
"Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come."
Either way you read it, this Proverbs 31 woman has the courage (strength) and dignity to not worry about the days to come; she can actually LAUGH and REJOICE perhaps even in the face of adversity and the unknown. Why? Because this woman has confidence in God...and she knows that no matter what, God is with her. She need not fear the future, because she knows WHO holds her future.
As most of you are aware by now, I just recently retired. To be quite honest, it was a risky move, financially speaking. There are many "unknowns" in my future...but there is One constant "KNOWN"...and that is the fact that God holds my future, and therefore I can enter into this season of life with a smile on my face and joy in my heart. Yes, I can "laugh at the days to come"...and with every new day of this retirement I am finding more and more ways to rejoice. Thank you, Jesus!!
My prayer today is that other "Proverbs 31" women out there will learn how to laugh at the days to come with the confidence that God is already there...no matter what.
Now, if you want to go back and read a few of my early escapades attempting to be a "Proverbs 31 Woman"... and some other examples of this remarkable woman...check these out:
"An Inauspicious Beginning"; "First Snow"; "Another Faux Pas"; "Vanity, Oh Vanity"; "Who Can Find a Virtuous Wife?"; "Getting Fit, What's the Motive?"
Thank you, Lord, for this powerful example of a Godly woman. Help me, Lord,
to rejoice in all the days to come.