1998-08-21 - Consider the Lilies
The Virtuous Woman Series, Part 14
Proverbs 31:21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet
The footnote in my King James Bible for the word scarlet reads, the best. The best. Their clothes are well pressed, have no holes and are clean. But more than that, they are the best. Scarlet was the color of riches. Purple was royalty, but red was for the wealthy.
I think I know why. Have you ever seen children who are poorly dressed? Unkempt clothing seems to make a child feel downtrodden. Put a new dress on a girl and she beams ear-to-ear. New shoes on a boy transforms him into the "speeding fastest" boy in the school. There's something about new, clean, sharp clothing that helps a child hold his head high.
These kids' mom knows that feeling good about yourself is important. Not the egocentric self-esteem that puts me in the center of my world, but the pride that says, "My mom loves me, so I have worth."
Knowing that their parents love and cherish them gives children the sense of security that God desires His children to have. He wants to give us His very best for us. He promised us that we don't have to worry about tomorrow. We don't have to worry about food or clothing. Those are His jobs.
He clothes us in scarlet. He covers us with His grace. He adorns us with His love. Forever and always we can know that He cherishes us and we can find our value in Him. What a Savior.
"Father God, Oh I thank You for the riches of Your mercy. I thank You for the Blood that was shed for me. Your scarlet Blood that covered my sins. Oh what a blessing! " your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow." You did that for me even though I didn't deserve it. Thank You so much for Who You are. I thank You for Your grace. I thank You for Your mercy. I thank You for Your love. I love You, Lord. Amen"