I came across this verse this morning when putting together an email for my Made to Crave girls. We finished up our 12 week class last week. I am looking forward to the Fall when I can meet the next group of ladies the Lord brings to the class!
Every Christian woman longs and hopefully strives to be a “Proverbs 31” woman. The part of this verse that caught my attention was the second half, “and laughs without fear of the future.” Aside from our daily struggles with career, family and life, this world is growing more and more chaotic by the minute. As women of God we are called to “laugh without fear of the future?” That sounds like a tall order! The original translation in Hebrew is the word sachaq. It is a verb meaning “to make sport, to jest, to laugh mockingly.” It is hard to laugh or jest at the future when we are given a bad health diagnosis or we lose our job or our child is acting out in a manner we cannot control, but there it is. That elusive Proverbs 31 woman, she does just that!
Scripture is full of commands from the Lord not to have fear. The words “do not fear” appear 69 times throughout scripture; “do not be afraid” shows up over 60 as well! Are you seeing a pattern? So what does that mean to us? In her book The Power of a Praying Wife, Stormie Omartian says if our lives are in any way controlled by something other than the Holy Spirit, we must have deliverance from that. If we have a tormenting fear, we need the perfect love of God to set us free. I am paraphrasing since she was obviously referring to our husbands, but you get the gist.
We cannot have fear and have our eyes on the Lord at the same time. 2 Timothy 1:7 says “God has not given you a spirit of fear but of power and of love and a sound mind.” Since fear is not from the Lord that means it is of the devil. The devil wants to separate us from God and will use any and every method he can to do just that! When we are buried in the fear of the future, we cannot keep our eyes on the goodness of the Lord.
Let’s be women clothed with strength and dignity and laugh without fear of the future! God is in control!
Lord, I pray you would deliver us from all fear. Whenever we are controlled by fear, liberate us to know You in such depth that Your love perfects us and casts out all fear. Keep us from making decisions motivated by fear rather than being led by Your Spirit. Take away any fear that oppresses, alters, or limits our life. Help us to understand that freedom is found in Your presence. I pray that when we are set free, we will recognize it is You who liberated us and we will give you the glory. I know that when you set us free, we are free forever. Overflow us with your liberating love that brings wholeness. Help us to overcome all our fear so that we can be a support and encouragement to others in overcoming theirs. We know fear indicates a lack of faith in Your ability to take care of us. Strengthen our faith to believe that we have not received a spirit of bondage (Romans 8:15). Instead, we have received a Savior who loves us to wholeness.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen
(Prayer adapted from The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian)