"She makes belted linen garments and sashes to sell to the merchants." (Proverbs 31:24)
"She is clothed with strength and dignity,and she laughs without fear of the future." (Proverbs 31:25)Verse 24 speaks of garments that clothe the body.
Verse 25 speaks of garments that clothe the spirit.
Isaiah knew well of the spirit being clothed or dressed.
Isaiah 61:10 (New Living Translation)No longer am I the person I was before - ashamed to look into the King’s eye. I am like a bride with all my jewels. I lift my head and gaze at His beauty, knowing that I am royalty, that I am loved, that I am beautiful and that I am His – clothed in salvation, robed in righteousness. The old is gone and I am a new creation.
Sometimes we forget who we are and we take off our new clothes. Our old fig leaves feel familiar and comfortable. Our new clothes feel foreign to us. Instead of living as the daughter of a King, we live in our old nature. We feel like we don’t deserve these opulent clothes. We feel that they are too much for us. But the truth is the King loves us so much that He couldn’t bear to be separated from us. He died so that He could dress us in the clothes that we were always meant to wear, but couldn’t because of our sin.
The woman in Proverbs 31 however, has learned to be comfortable in her new clothes. She knows the love of her King and the price He paid for the clothes she wears. She knows that when she is weak that He is strong. She knows that she can hold her head high and walk in dignity – because she has been made righteous. Because she knows who she is in Him, and because she knows her identity in Christ, she has no reason to fear the future. This is why she can laugh. She knows that as a daughter of the King, she doesn’t have to worry as all her needs are taken care of.