The Lady’s Battle

October 21, 2010 Donna New

Proverbs 31:17, 18 She girds herself with strength [spiritual, mental and physical fitness for her God given tasks] and makes her arms strong and firm. She tastes and sees that her gain from work [with and for God] is good; her lamp goes not out but burns continually through the night [of trouble, privation, or sorrow, warning away fear, doubt and distrust].

The version this came out of is the Amplified Bible. It expands on the Hebrew or Greek words that we may not have in English. This is a whole new take on these verses for me. She wasn’t just a lady who worked hard every day, was prosperous and made her husband happy. She fought a spiritual battle every day. In verse 17 it talks about spiritual, mental and physical fitness.

Spiritual fitness gets left behind sometimes for most of us when there are so many more urgent things to do.  Mentally we tend to work on to stay employed or to keep our minds sharp for day to day living. So many people now are going to the gym to get fit and keep their health. That’s actually a godly thing to do. Physical fitness is something I struggle with.

Her work is with God as well as for Him. She allows Him to work through and in her. She’s yoked to Him. Her light stays on through trouble, hardship, adversity and sorrow.

Beth Moore recommends having a set of Scripture verses for each season of life. When you’re going through trouble verses of God’s  power, tender love for you, His light, the promise of heaven all light up those days of darkness. There are verses about Moses seeing the face of God and talking with Him as a friend. That can comfort you that you can talk with Him and bring everything before Him in need for wisdom. You can read the armor of God in Ephesians 6 so that you’ll be prepared for whatever comes up and so the evil one will be thwarted.  There are other verses that are encouraging in the midst of trouble.

His word is a lamp unto our feet Psalm 119 says. So that’s how we fight the battle of life…with His word. And that’s why our lamp should not go out at night. That’s when we need our “lamp” the most.

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