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

Some of you may have heard about being a Proverbs 31 girl/woman. If you have not, Proverbs Chapter 31 contains all the ingredients of what it means to be a virtuous woman. Sometimes when I read it, I feel I have fallen so far short of what God has called me to be. I ask myself, how can I ever attain such a virtuous life? I can barely sit through afternoon traffic without getting frustrated. The truth is, I cannot attain it – on my own.

The Lord can do a work in my heart so that this is my pursuit. And the Spirit can transform me so that I may live out the call He has for me. In athletics, we know a lot about the pursuit of something worthy—championships, personal records, new trainings, etc.

In Proverbs 31:25, the trend for me often looks something like this…. when things are going well, it is usually easier to be clothed with dignity and strength. However, when I am at the end of a bad day, I can be all but clothed with strength. I am often clothed with fabric made of worry and irritability. Thank you, Lord, for grace.

As I look at the second half of this verse, it humbles me to the core.

                                “and she laughs without fear of the future.”

This one is hard to put into action. I can tell myself I trust God with my future, but the truth is I still like to maintain some form of control. And if I am still being totally honest, it’s hard to trust without any fear of the unknown. I am most comfortable with things I know to be true.

For most of us, the unknown can motivate us to prepare. We train and gear our mindset so we feel prepared for this unknown. The hard part is getting to a point where we are willing to let go of the control and put the outcome completely in the Lord’s hands, without fear of the future—to give him our preparation and let our motivation truly be whatever brings most glory to His name.

“Without” means, “the lack of or absence of something.” (Thanks, Webster, for the reminder.) In the context of Proverbs 31:25, that means to consider the future with the absence of any fear. Whoa. Then to even laugh about it and enjoy it? Double whoa.

On one hand, my human instinct is to resort back to the fear. On the other hand, who I am in Christ brings upon a sense of peace in today. It reminds me of the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus tells us that today fills our minds with enough to focus on, and that worrying about tomorrow is not helpful.

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Matthew 6:34 (NIV)

So what does all of this mean? The truth is that it is not an easy thing to learn to do: remove fear. It takes discipline and consistency (much like mastering a new skill or exercise) to put our COMPLETE trust in the Lord alone. To give Him the future and to desire His will to be done, over our own. It’s hard!

It does not mean giving up our worthy pursuits in our respective athletics. Continue to fight on! Because when done in the name of Jesus, it is an act of worship. But it is hard to control our preparation and pursuit, and then give over the outcome. It is easy to worry in the unknown, but take heart because God is sovereign and faithful. There is comfort knowing He is sovereign over everything in our life and this world. Our efforts, in His name, are pleasing to Him. 

So worship Him in your preparation and goal setting, worship Him in your 5 am workouts, worship Him in competition, and worship Him despite the outcome trusting that in ALL things we can bring Him glory and He can make good. In that, lies dignity and strength.

Peter took a step on unchartered waters towards a God he knew.

Corrie ten Boom sums it up pretty perfectly in this quote:

           “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”

Enjoy and praise Him today, friends. Tomorrow is in His hands.

 

 

 

 

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