I am encouraged to know that I am not alone in this journey. Rarely a week passes where I do not counsel, pray, or battle with a woman who is seeking to find freedom from fear and anxiety. Women are sinking under the weight of these struggles, and they desperately need someone to come alongside them and walk with them through the darkness. Chances are either you or someone you know struggles with anxiety.
Please, let me give you some good news, there is hope. God desires that we walk a road characterized by peace and freedom, not a road filled with fear and anxiety. Therefore, He’s given us examples of women who have learned how to gain freedom over these demons.
She draws on her strength and reveals that her arms are strong (Prov. 31:17). One of the ways this verse is translated is, “she wraps strength around her like a belt.” I love this imagery. I can see her getting up every day, spending time with the Lord, and then putting on the strength He gives her. Several years ago, during one of the worst moments of my struggle, God reminded me of a very hard truth. Ladies, God delights to give us His strength, peace, hope, and confidence, but He will not force us to take it. That is our job. So many times we cry out to the Lord and wait before Him, but we don’t go the extra step in receiving what He gives us. Notice that this woman doesn’t just pray and hope for strength; she actually takes the strength God gives her, wraps it around her, and then prepares herself for action.
She rises while it is still night and provides food for her household and portions for her female servants. She evaluates a field and buys it; she plants a vineyard with her earnings. . . . She is not afraid for her household when it snows, for all in her household are doubly clothed (Prov. 31:15-16, 21). If we are honest, many of us are fearful of the future. It hangs out there as this big unknown, and we aren’t sure what will happen or if we will make it. Look how this woman handled the unknown—she prepared for it.
Strength and honor are her clothing, and she can laugh at the time to come (Prov. 31:25). In this verse, we see her response to her preparation. The Proverbs 31 woman is so confident of the future and in her God that she literally mocks the time to come. Ladies, be encouraged that we carry Someone with us into the future that can drive away any obstacles, any fear, any confusion, and anything that dares get in the way of God’s plans for us. This should give us great confidence and joy. But—once again—it goes back to trust.