Monday, July 15, 2013

I Am Woman: Full of Peace

By Nicole Tlapek
"...she laughs without fear of the future" (Proverbs 31:25).
Proverbs 31:10-31 shares with us a painted picture of the many character traits that we, as Godly women, should pray to obtain. Many of these traits have to do with being a wife and a mom. However, much of the passage can be applied prayerfully to any woman’s life, no matter what role we predominately play--wife, sister, co-worker, friend, mother, or daughter.

Reading through this passage one cold winter morning, I came across character traits such as “hard-working”, “caring”, and “wise”. I prayed as I went along, “Dear Lord, make me more like her!” As I continued to read through the passage, I came across this sentence in verse 25: “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.”

What?! Who is this woman?

I immediately told my Savior, “I understand the strength and dignity part--but laughing without fear of the future? Who does that? That's intense.” While I sat on my bed, criticizing this woman in my mind for not thinking about her future and the future of her family, I heard this still small voice say, “Don’t you trust me with that?”

At that moment, I realized it was not because of this woman’s joyful, carefree, or careless attitude that caused her to laugh without fear of her future. It was that she trusted 100% in her Almighty God, so there was literally no need to worry. This absence of worry was simply replaced by peace and resulted in laughter.

As I sat there I thought:

What if I never worried?
What would life be like if I fully believed that God had my best interests in mind?
Would I be so at peace that I could laugh without fear of the future?

The more I thought about these questions, the more I craved what she had. The peace, the joy! As Christians, we trust in God, our Savior, for the salvation of our souls. Why is it so hard to trust him in the here and now, our day to day lives?

Time and time again, we are told “do not worry, do not fear”. God is so serious about us not worrying and us trusting in him that it is written in Scripture one hundred and seventy times: “Do not worry, do not fear”. 

Why can we not listen? I fully believe the answer to this is that worry simply plagues our feminine hearts.

Now before we state the impossibility of this task, let me say, there is a solid difference between concern and worry. Let us not confuse the two. One is profitable while the other robs us of our joy and ability to trust. Concern addresses and solves problems, while worry obsesses over and creates more problems. Concern involves a legitimate threat and looks to God for answers. Worry is often in the unfounded possibilities. It is often over-exaggerated. It threatens and looks to others or self for answers, causing circles of confusion.

It seems though, as women, we cannot help but worry. We rely on ourselves. Most of us have had someone let us down horribly. That contributed to our seemingly innate ability to not trust until trust is earned.

Let me tell you of someone who has earned your trust--Jesus Christ. He is the giver of all good things and loves you, his child!

“You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him?" (Matthew 7:9-11).

God’s desire and love for you began when you were undeserving! Most of us would not lay down our life for a righteous man, let alone someone who wronged us (Romans 5:6-11). Yet, this is what the supernatural love of the Father did by sending his Son, Jesus, to die for us. 

This supernatural love deserves nothing less than supernatural trust.

He is waiting to turn your worry into laughter. What would life be like if you truly trusted and believed our Savior loved you more than anything and had your best interest in mind? I’d not worry one single bit. I’d be filled with peace, and I’d be tickled pink about it.

Dear Lord, I recognize that you, more than anyone, are deserving of my trust. Thank you for being the very essence of love and peace to your humble daughter. I pray that you would guard my heart from worry. Let the realization of your love sink so deeply into my heart that all worry is replaced with supernatural peace and joy. 

Amen. 

Why do you think it is hard for us women not to worry?

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