She girds herself with strength [spiritual, mental, and physical fitness for her God-given task] and makes her arms strong and firm. She tastes and sees that her gain from work [with and for God] is good; her lamp goes not out, but it burns on continually through the night [of trouble, privation, or sorrow, warning away fear, doubt, and distrust]. (Proverbs 31:12 – 31:18 AMP)
The strength of a Godly woman is so beautiful. We don’t need to have the physical strength of a man because God made us with our own form of strength. Proverbs tells us though that strength is something we need to gird ourselves with. It is something we must put on as we would clothing or armour. It is something that needs to be put on in all areas of our lives.
Nehemiah 8:10 tells us that the joy of the Lord is our strength. This is not the feeling of happiness when things are going well but rather the deep joy of knowing that you are loved by God and are the apple of His eye and that He is crazy about you. As you go about your daily life, fulfilling His will and purposes for your life, you know that not only are you in the right place but you are doing what God has asked of you. The joy of the Lord will well up inside of you and give you the strength you need to keep going.
We all need strength for each day and knowing that the Lord is well pleased with you is amazingly energizing. If you don’t know that what you are doing is pleasing to the Lord or if you have been taught that you will never amount to anything and have never been able to please others, just don’t give up. Find someone to help you get through the lies the enemy has been sowing into your life and then take time out with the Lord to hear His voice and get His peace on the different roles and activities in your life. Once you are settled that you are in His will then it is a sure thing that you are pleasing to Him. Even if you did not do anything for the Lord He will still love you, so just relax and be guided by His peace deep in your heart.
Strength comes from our relationship with the Lord and our drawing on the very resurrection power of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. We don’t have to do it on our own.
Proverbs also alludes to the industriousness of a Godly woman who makes sure that everything is done and in the right place for her family and helpers. God has given us the ability to get things sorted and organized so that whoever is going to do the work has all they need to complete the task. Don’t leave things half done or up in the air, keep completing each day and not procrastinating because God has given you everything you need to be able to do this. Your family will function well and be successful because you are behind them, not only encouraging them but also putting things in place so that they can do what they need to do.
The lamp that does not go out refers not only to our getting things ready for our family physically but also spiritually in prayer. We need to spend time in prayer for our families and the needs that they have, talking with the Lord in the quiet of the night,
walking through their following day with the Lord until His peace comes and we know we have completed our work for the day as Godly women, wives and mothers. When we do this we will not fret because we know everything is in Godly order and our families will be guided and protected and fulfilled. Our warfare on their behalf is a privilege given to us as women by the Lord. This is how we deal with the stress and worry we could have for issues in our Loren and family members. Fear gets us nowhere but ulcers and headaches. Intercession and time with God brings health, success and above all peace.
As you spend the time and energy it takes to be God’s woman you will taste and see that the Lord and His work is very good and sweet to your lives. The rewards are priceless!
Be blessed as you allow God to form you into His woman because you are His workmanship.