Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. – Proverbs 31:30
Don’t be fooled to think that only one gender should take note of this verse. Men and women both can learn from this piece of wisdom.
Have we as Christians fallen into the trap of praising and desiring what the world tells us is beautiful? If men praise and desire what the world says is beautiful, women in turn will also desire it to please men. Do we focus on what a woman looks like or her accomplishments? What do we focus on: her physique, what she wears, her sexuality, her ambition, or her intelligence? Or do we look at her inner spiritual parts: her devotion to God’s Word, her prayer life, her perseverance to do the right thing, her selflessness? Does she “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly” (Micah 6:8)? This is how we should consider women.
Let’s stop praising, worshipping, and following women who are not worthy of our praise by watching them on TV, buying their books and magazines, and following them on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Let’s show our daughters, mothers, wives, sisters, and friends that our definition lines up with God’s expectations.
A woman who fears the Lord is radiant and should be praised! If we can begin showing, through our actions, words, and accolades, what beautiful really is, then we may see a turn in what our young people also believe to be beautiful. If women fear the Lord above all, our marriages will change, our churches will change, our lives can be changed!
Women of God, let’s stop focusing on how our bodies look, what we are accomplishing in a day, and how the world views us. Let’s instead reign in our focus on the Lord alone and what pleases him. This is the beginning of knowledge and beauty. We all desire to be beautiful: Don’t be deceived by the world. Fear and revere the Lord above everything else.
Men of God, pay attention to a woman’s character above her curvature. Notice a woman’s selflessness above her sexuality. Praise her prayer life above her earning potential. Acknowledge her fear of the Lord above everything else, because that is the aspect of a woman that is worthy of praise.
Father God, please remind me daily of your strength, power, and love. If it’s your will, please give me living examples in my life of women worthy to be praised. Prick my spirit when I gravitate toward praising unworthy women and show me the error of my ways. You are the Alpha and Omega, the only one whose opinion matters. Align my heart with yours in all matters of beauty and worthiness. In Jesus’ name, amen.
– Nicki Pacheco