Proverbs 31:10 NKJV Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies.
Proverbs 31:21 NKJV She is not afraid of snow for her household, For all her household is clothed with scarlet.
I’m so grateful that I have a virtuous wife. And all the fellas that know what I’m talking about can shout, “Amen!” She is worth far above any precious stone and my heart safely trusts her.
There are a number of traits about what a virtuous (strong, able, efficient, godly, prudent, wise) woman possess. All of them are amazing and worthy to be written about, but we are only going to focus on one. A virtuous woman is not afraid of snow for her household.
This doesn’t mean that she simply doesn’t suffer from Chionophobia, the fear of snow. It means that she isn’t afraid of difficult situations or potentially disastrous tough times. This verse says it is because her household is clothed with scarlet. “Pastor, are you saying that if I dress my kids in red I’ll never have to be afraid for them again?” In a manner of speaking, YES!
You see for fabric to be dyed red enough to be called “scarlet” it had to be dyed twice. The use of this specific reference to scarlet here also has a great implication. It refers to a higher quality of clothing. Not just one dipped in red twice but most likely double lined or insulated. The Latin Vulgate actually translates it ‘with double’ or doubled, signifying her family is doubly clothed. The bright red also paints a vivid picture of the eye popping difference between the white snow and the protection and warmth of her family. The virtuous woman didn’t fear the snowy cold weather, because she made sure her family was covered with double layers of the best material possible.
What does that have to do with living free from fear the rest of the year? This woman didn’t have to fear because she took efforts to make sure her family was double covered, especially during difficult seasons in life. She made sure her family had what they needed and knew how to put it on when they need extra coverage. Then she made sure she provided an extra layer of protection.
Teaching our children the Word of God, establishing them in His Word and promises, and how to put on their blessings in Christ is the first layer of protection we give them to brave and stay safe and protected through any storm. The second layer is the layer we provide them in prayer. Not only teaching our family how to appropriate the blessings of God, but also speaking those blessings over them further clothing them and insulating them from even the harshest seasons of life that they will come through safe and sound, enables us to stand fearless no matter what may come their way.
When we teach our family to put on the scarlet red color of the blood of Christ, whom they were justified and set apart by (Romans 5:9), and speak His promises over them covering them with all the blood-bought promises Christ has given us, we don’t have to fear no matter what circumstance or season comes their way. They are Blood Bought, Blood Taught, and covered by your prayers through what the Blood Wrought. Fear Not!