“She Smiles at the Future…”

“Strength and honor are her clothing; she shall rejoice in time to come.” (NKJV)

 Proverbs 31:25

 

 Studying Proverbs 31, the more in depth I get with it, the more I love it! I feel like I can almost picture this woman in my head. And at times, I have somebody in mind when I read the verse. This one is no different. When I read verse 25, I could practically see in front of me a woman sitting tall with a quiet strength and confidence. She has the posture of one who is very well-respected and you can tell she carries wisdom before she even speaks a word. Perhaps you have someone in mind as well.

It has come to my attention that this verse does not mean what we think it does. It may seem very forthright, however, when you look deeper, you see that there is so much more to it. Reading that single verse we could conclude that this woman is strong and a woman of character and therefore her life is wonderful and she can rejoice in those times that will come! Everything will be just perfect! If only we could live this life!

No.

This is not at all what that verse means.

That word “rejoice” in this verse in the Hebrew is the word sachaq which means to laugh mockingly (Strongs, H7832).

You got that right. She is mocking the days that are to come. She knows very well that it will not always be an easy life. She knows that trials come. She does not know what the future will hold, and yet she can laugh at the days that are to come.

This same word sachaq, is seen in other parts of scripture. You see it in psalm 2:4 where it says, “He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision.”

And again in Psalms 37:12-13: “The wicked plots against the just. And gnashes at him with his teeth. 13 The Lord laughs at him, For He sees that his day is coming.” 

You might wonder how this woman can mock the days to come. You may wonder how she has the boldness to taunt the enemy.  This comes back to much of what Proverbs 31 shows evidence of: this woman knows who she is and more importantly, she knows  whose she is. She knows who her king is. Everything that describes the “Proverbs 31 Woman” comes back to one thing; everything that is part of who this woman is, is the fruit that is produced out of her fear of the Lord. Coming to that point of truly  knowing God is so crucial to embracing this life. This life is so much a process. It does not happen all at once. But it begins with the fear of the Lord. And with the fear of the Lord, comes a knowing of who He is. And when you know who He is, you come to a place of security in who and whose you are. When you become rooted and secure in the Father – you can laugh at the days that are to come, you can have that boldness to taunt the enemy because you know who your king is and your security is found in Him.

Your security is not based on your circumstances. It is based on your position. When you recognize the position you have as a daughter of the king of kings it changes everything.

I want to challenge you to learn to recognize the position that you walk in.

I bless you to be a woman who has no fear of the future because you are a woman who fears the Lord. And may you walk in the recognition of not only who you are, but whose you are. May you recognize that greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world and with that recognition laugh and rejoice in the days that are to come!

Blessings and favor,

Brittany L. Ketter

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17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ames
    Feb 25, 2012 @ 02:29:09

    Thank you for sharing. I was encouraged :).

    Reply

    • Brittany Ketter
      Feb 25, 2012 @ 07:45:45

      Thank you for reading! 🙂 Glad it was of encouragement to you.

      Reply

      • Nikki
        Feb 16, 2016 @ 09:10:50

        Hello Brittany, I have been asked to speak to a group of teens ranging from 12-18 years of age. The topic is, “She is clothed in strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future” Proverbs 31:25. Your comments on this subject has enlightened me. Thanks

  2. Eileen stetter
    Feb 25, 2012 @ 13:36:42

    Amazing! Love to read your words of encouragement and fruitfull thoughts.

    Reply

  3. Carole Lee (Nana)
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 15:52:28

    This was so exciting to read because it is just what the Lord showed me yesterday. I was thinking of the girl I was years and years ago and the woman I have become years later because of the Lord. You know me so well, Britt, who I am today. When I was a young girl I was beautiful, thin, popular….everything you would think would make you happy. I was so dead inside without the Lord. I never thought I was pretty or had anything to offer anyone. I even thought I was stupid. In many ways I was shy but no one probably realized it but me. I would rather have taken a gun to my head than call attention to myself or speak in front of a crowd. The Lord transformed my life. Now I am a senior citizen, fat ans sassy (kidding) and you can’t shut me up about the things of God. I can laugh at the future and know that my Father is in control of everything. Thank you for your words. Love, Nana

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  4. Michaela
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 17:13:32

    Thanks Brittany!
    You put somewhere on the about you page that you were in love with Christ and this week I began to search hard on how to fall in love with Him and I slowly am. I have been saved for two years but I never experienced the joy of being this close to Him and it is wonderful! ❤
    Thanks for the great example! ❤

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    • Brittany Ketter
      Feb 28, 2012 @ 18:26:03

      Most welcome, Michaela!

      I’m so excited to hear that! That is so wonderful! Prayers and blessings as you go on a deeper journey with Him! May the eyes of your heart be enlightened and may you see a new aspect of Him that you never have before.

      Blessings!! ❤
      Thank you for sharing with me. 🙂

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  5. Michaela
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 16:29:38

    Thank you for the blog! :~)
    God Bless You and thank you for the prayers! 🙂
    Michaela

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  6. sue kim
    Sep 11, 2013 @ 16:33:13

    looove this profound explanation of yours you have analyzed from the verse. It is one of my favorite verses and you have put a broader light to the meaning within.

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  7. Jessica
    Jan 13, 2014 @ 06:23:35

    I think that the translation for “rejoice” is misrepresented. the strongs number is correct but the word and meaning are not. The strongs number that is referenced for the actual word used in this verse “wat·tiś·ḥaq” is just a similar Hebrew word: śā·ḥă·qū. It is referenced in strongs for many different words with many different, but similar, meanings. what I’m finding with the resource I use is that the original word wat·tiś·ḥaq in only found in the Old Testament in this specific verse.here is a link to see it. http://biblehub.com/hebrew/vattischak_7832.htm please let me know if my source is inaccurate. it kind of worries me because I rely on this search engine often for all my biblical studies.
    the word śā·ḥă·qū is used elsewhere in scripture and seems to have a negative connotation Job 30:1 and Lamentations1:7 http://biblehub.com/hebrew/sachaku_7832.htm

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    • Brittany Ketter
      Jan 13, 2014 @ 17:35:03

      I use a Hebrew/Greek Study Bible and Strongs Concordance. After looking back on those and also at the source that you provided I found the same as what I have previously written. “Rejoice” in this instance (and in other places throughout scripture) means to laugh mockingly or to hold in derision. Your source says the same thing. See here: http://biblehub.com/hebrew/7832.htm

      Hope this helps you.

      I would love to chat more if you have any questions or concerns.

      Bless!

      Reply

  8. jazelfaqs
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 06:27:11

    Reblogged this on Freshly Anointed Queens and commented:
    I hope this word brings you as much or even more reassurance that God is able to do greater things in the time to come!
    Be encouraged!

    Love Jazz

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  9. Rose Robles
    May 19, 2015 @ 11:50:14

    AMEN!!! Brittany’s comment was beautifully said. The fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom. I am very touched and inspired by you. Ill definitely begin to read the bible more and more. This will bring me closer to the lord. God Bless you Brittany and thank you! 😊

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    • Brittany Ketter
      May 19, 2015 @ 17:13:28

      Thank you for reading! Prayers that you will be blessed as you dig deeper into God’s word and that He will give you a personal revelation of what His word means and speak into your life in profound ways!

      Reply

  10. Anonymous
    May 18, 2016 @ 22:57:52

    Thank you!

    Reply

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