Clothing Herself in Strength and Dignity


Anyone who says clothes aren’t important to women has, 1) never listened to a woman, and 2) never read the Bible.
Case in point: 
Song of Solomon:
1:10 “Your cheeks are lovely with ornaments, your neck with strings of jewels.”
1:14 “My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms in the vineyards of Engedi.”
7:1 “How beautiful are your feet in sandals, O noble daughter!”
Shoes are important to us, jewelry is important to us.  They are beautiful and they are fun, and it is okay to enjoy them.  I am just pointing these out to show that God has placed these things in our hearts.
verse 13 “She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands.”  So she makes her fabric and material.
17 “She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong.” 
24 “She makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant.” 
25 “Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.”
Clothes are important to her, but what I want to point out is that God is describing her clothes.  Not her armor.  In Ephesians 6 Paul describes the armor of God.  The way God is describing the woman here is not as a warrior, but as a force in the home.  She is not fighting battles in her home, she is lovingly providing for her family.  
The focus is very important to note.  The material she uses are linens that are dyed beautiful colors.  In God’s eyes, she clothes herself with strength and dignity.  She is not a General on the battlefield barking orders and demanding things to be done.  She is wearing soft clothes, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.  Although it is clear she is a woman who can make things happen, who is able to plan ahead and execute on plans, she is not a commanding officer in the home.  I think a lot of times women think they have to be dominant in order to be respected as an authority in the home, but that is not the right tactic.  She is not wearing armor, she is wearing clothes.  She is not in battle, she is in her home.
Which brings us to a crucial component: her husband.

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