Pr. 31:25: “Strength and honor are her clothing; she shall rejoice in time to come.”
Strength and honor are her clothing. This is such an interesting verse to me. I like the idea of being clothed with strength and honor. What a beautiful attire.
I am not strong in body, but with God I can absolutely be strong in spirit. It is the Lord that gives me strength. It is in my weakness that the Lord perfects His strength within me. It is the Holy Spirit that empowers and equips me. The Lord, alone, is my strength; for nothing is impossible with Him. No matter what this life brings, the knowledge that the Lord will never leave me nor forsake me gives me such strength that I can continue forward, in His care.
Honor can come in many ways. When we do what we say we will do, we are being honorable: keeping promises and commitments, following through, showing up. Telling the truth is honorable, especially if we can also understand that sometimes truth needs to be delivered in a loving and kind way. (Sometimes the truth can hurt) Treating others kindly and respectfully shows them honor, and thus brings honor back to ourselves. I could go on and on.
Honor is a beautiful accessory to our wardrobes, for sure. It is something we can ask the Lord to continue to grow in our lives. I think it is something akin to holiness, which is never out of style.
“She will rejoice in time to come.” When we have been wearing such beautiful things in our lives, of course when we look back over our lives we will rejoice. What a wonderful legacy we will have been leaving behind us. What beautiful footprints we will have laid down in which others can safely follow. What a glorious testimony we will have given; one of glory to our God and trust in the One who gave us strength to make it through. 🙂
I can’t help but smile as I think about it. The clothes in my closet certainly won’t bring any level of satisfaction at the end of my life, but this strength and this honor…Oh, Lord, let it be. Help me, daily, Lord, to wear the attire that has been described in this verse. I want to honor You above all, Father, and to bring glory to Your name. I want to be able to show that it was by Your strength that I was able to do things that would have otherwise been impossible. Help us all, Lord, in the matchless name of Your Son, Jesus. Amen.