Clothed by the King – Proverbs 31:24-25

GUEST POST: By Jo-Anne Puggioni
What woman doesn’t like clothes…and handbags, and shoes, and accessories for that matter? I know I do. My husband can’t understand my passion for these things and why they make me happy. But I know that most women, without saying a word, would nod their heads knowingly.

The Proverbs 31 woman is not unlike us. She may have been written about centuries ago, but her essence is timeless.

I would imagine that in the time and era when women were still women they loved experimenting with colours and textures in their clothing. I would also imagine they would have complimented each other on their clothes – just like we do now.

“She makes belted linen garments
and sashes to sell to the merchants.” (Proverbs 31:24)

“She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.” (Proverbs 31:25)

Verse 24 speaks of garments that clothe the body.
Verse 25 speaks of garments that clothe the spirit.

Isaiah knew well of the spirit being clothed or dressed.

“I am overwhelmed with joy in the LORD my God!
For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation
and draped me in a robe of righteousness.
I am like a bridegroom in his wedding suit
or a bride with her jewels.” (Isaiah 61:10, New Living Translation)

I love how Isaiah expressed this! It gives a picture of our King dressing us. I imagine what took place in my spirit on the day I accepted that He died on the Cross for my sins and chose to follow Him. I imagine in my mind’s eye Jesus in my room, taking off the things that I have put there to cover up my shame – the fig leaves that I have dressed myself with. He then dresses me in the most beautiful garment of salvation. Over this garment He drapes over me a robe of righteousness. He stands back and looks at me and says, “You are a princess. You are beautiful. You are mine.”

No longer am I the person I was before – ashamed to look into the King’s eye. I am like a bride with all my jewels. I lift my head and gaze at His beauty, knowing that I am royalty, that I am loved, that I am beautiful and that I am His – clothed in salvation, robed in righteousness. The old is gone and I am a new creation.

Sometimes we forget who we are and we take off our new clothes. Our old fig leaves feel familiar and comfortable. Our new clothes feel foreign to us. Instead of living as the daughter of a King, we live in our old nature. We feel like we don’t deserve these opulent clothes. We feel that they are too much for us. But the truth is the King loves us so much that He couldn’t bear to be separated from us. He died so that He could dress us in the clothes that we were always meant to wear, but couldn’t because of our sin.

The woman in Proverbs 31, however, has learned to be comfortable in her new clothes. She knows the love of her King and the price He paid for the clothes she wears. She knows that when she is weak that He is strong. She knows that she can hold her head high and walk in dignity – because she has been made righteous. Because she knows who she is in Him, and because she knows her identity in Christ, she has no reason to fear the future. This is why she can laugh. She knows that as a daughter of the King, she doesn’t have to worry as all her needs are taken care of.

Are you wearing the clothing that He dressed you in when you first said ‘Yes!” to Him? Are you wearing your robe of righteousness He draped you in when you first turned away from your old life and believed? Or have you discarded the clothing and robe that He dressed you in and started wearing the fig leaves again?

If you have – get dressed! Walk in His strength and dignity. Laugh! Knowing that we can trust Him with our future and we have nothing to fear. You are a princess, you are beautiful and you are His.

Jo-Anne Puggioni writes to encourage women to seek God more, to tell of God’s incredible love and to give women hope in Him. She educates her three sons at home. She is passionate about His Word, her husband, inspirational quotes, seeing women set free in His name, the colour red, His love for all humanity, dark peppermint chocolate, His grace, and spring time on the Gold Coast, in Australia, where she lives. You can read more from Jo-Anne at her blog Princess Warrior Lessons.

9 thoughts on “Clothed by the King – Proverbs 31:24-25

  1. Jo-Anne, I love the connection you make between physical clothing and spiritual clothing. Very apropos! And I think you also make an excellent point in how we are sometimes tempted to put the ways of the “old self” back on.

    “The woman in Proverbs 31, however, has learned to be comfortable in her new clothes.”

    I love this! Thank you so much for sharing with us your insights into this passage.

  2. So beautiful…the power of God's deliverance revealed in our new wardrobe, revealing His glory as we honor Him remaining in the fine linen of His grace.

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