Proverbs 31 is held as the standard for the woman of God, and for good reason. However, there has been a much-neglected verse in the formulation of the woman of valor.
“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.” – Proverbs 31:25
Laughing and Dominion
What is the point in God telling us she laughs? Why is it important? We have two reasons not to think this is frivolous verbiage.
- God does not waste His breath and
- We have the rest of Scripture to tell us the importance of laughter.
When you look at the times laughter is mentioned (besides the foolishness of ostriches, the bravery of horses, and raw power of the Leviathan), most often it is an action of God.
“He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.” – Psalm 2:4
“But the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming.” – Psalm 37:13
In the face of His enemies, whether demonic or their human underlings, God laughs at their attempts to throw down His Kingdom. This does not deny the vile wickedness and atrociousness of these works on the human race. Instead, it reveals the complete vanity of the forces of unrighteousness to throw down the march of God’s victorious Kingdom in history.
What should this lesson in laughing teach women in the Church?
- Your work, in and out of the home, is to be filled with hope. You must not see your training of children, care for the poor, submission to your godly husband (if married), financial decisions, and whatever else you set your hands to, as foreign to the victorious purposes of God in history.
- Pessimism is sin and anti-God. Failure to laugh at the resistance put up by the kingdom of Satan is a failure to believe in God’s promise.
- Raise your children with the expectation that God will bless and keep them. And train them in godly optimism through your example.
The “woman of valor” is a forward-looking woman. A woman who is eschatologically hopeful. She trusts that her obedient work for God will be effectual because He promises to bless faithfulness (Deuteronomy 28).
Are you hopeful for the future of your household? Do you trust the future per the news, or do you trust that Christ will put enemies under His feet in history (the Church; 1 Cor. 15:25; Eph. 1:22)? Do you believe that what you do today will have its effect in the future?
“Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” – 1 John 4:4
“For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” – 1 John 5:4-5