“An Uncommon Woman in Uncommon Times” – The Proverbs 31 Woman – Ladies Bible Study Day 16
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25. She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
I think of Ruth when I think of women who are clothed in strength and dignity. If you have never read the Book of Ruth, please do, it is the next book after Judges. It has only 4 short chapters, yet is full of Godly truths for our lives.
Ruth was a Moabite woman, widow of an Israelite man named Mahlon (Ruth 4:10), son of Naomi and Elimelech. After having lived in Moab for 10 years and all of their men had died, Naomi decided to return to Bethlehem, Judah. Ruth, being dedicated to Naomi, determined that she was going to leave her people, the only life she had ever known, and go back with Naomi. She had accepted Naomi's God and our God as her God.
Read Ruth 1:16 and fill in the blanks: “But Ruth replied, ‘Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you _____ I will _____ and where you __________ I will _________. Your people will be my people and _________ ________ my ________. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it every so severely, if anything but __________ separates you and me.’”
Ruth displayed so much strength and trust in her God, that she was willing to go where He would take her. She did not know where this life path would lead her, she did not know that she would be the great-grandmother of King David, nor that she would be in the lineage of the Savior of the world through the line of both Joseph and Mary. (See Matthew 1:5 and Luke 3:32)
But, she did it all the same!
When they arrived in Bethlehem and had settled in, Ruth went to pick up leftover grain in the fields so that she and Naomi could eat. Ruth went with dignity, not feeling shame, knowing that what she was doing needed to be done to feed both her mother-in-law and herself. Without knowing it at the time, she was gleaning in Boaz’s field’s - her future kinsman-redeemer. Boaz took notice of her and blessed her with additional grain and security. Eventually, Boaz married Ruth.
When we put our full faith and trust in our Lord, He clothes us with all the strength and dignity that we can handle. There is no need for us to fear what is to come in the future. God has it all under control.
Read Proverbs 23:17-18 and fill in the blanks: “Do not let your heart envy sinners, but ___________ be ____________ for the fear of the Lord. There is surely a ___________ _________ for you, and your _________ will not be cut off.”
Personal Question: How do others know that I walk clothed in God’s fine purple linen of strength and dignity? ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________