Proverbs 31 Woman — Part 8

She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.

(Proverbs 31:17)

LORD Jesus, we praise You for we are weak but You are strong. Forgive us, O God we pray, that we so often go our own way and seek to do things in our own strength. Remind us, especially when we fail to accomplish what we think we must do, that Your Grace is sufficient for us. Be our Strength and guide us to keep our focus on You. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

We want to be strong, but so often we are not. Some might admire our strength and patience, but they are not there with us in the bathroom, in the kitchen, in the bedroom, when streams of tears roll down our face, when we feel like a complete failure, or when we wrestle with God and plead for others in our prayers.

So what comfort can we find in this verse?

READ — Read the verse again:

She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.

ENGAGE — Think: What does the verse say? (Copy/Paste)

What does she gird herself with?

What else does she strengthen?
(her) _____

When things are running smooth, we are young, we have the tools to work with, and everything seems to be falling into place, we often forget the One who makes it all possible.

Then, when things turn around and dreams begin to tumble and fall; when our body fails us and we begin to feel like we have failed — then what?

How can we gird ourselves with strength and strengthen our arms?

APPLY — Think: How does this apply to you?

In which area/s do you want to become strong/er? Where are you currently looking for strength? What needs to change so that you will have the strength to face the challenges in your life?

DO — Think: How can you gain strength for your days?

The virtuous woman girds herself with strength and so can you.

She knows that she in herself is weak. Yes, she can find strength to do her daily work. Of course, she will go the extra mile to get her household running. Because of her love for her family she presses on in all the strength she has. But she knows that, in her own strength, she will not get far.

What does she do? What is it that you can do?

She girds herself with strength, and you can do so, too. Girding means “to surround with,” or “to hedge in,” or “form a barrier around.” You want to be girded by Strength. You want to be surrounded by God’s Love. You want to “hedge yourself in” or “form a barrier around” — just you and the LORD Jesus.

“How do I get there?” you might ask. Praise Him! Lift high the name of Jesus! Sing of His wondrous works! That’s how you gird yourself with Strength. It’s the Strength that is of Jesus and not of yourself; a the Strength that does not fail when storms rise and situations become rough.

Praise God who gives Strength to the weary! Hallelujah!

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