“Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.” Proverbs 31:30 NLT
When we increase in age some of our best physical attributes begin to change, usually not for the better. Where our priorities lie will dictate how we handle the aging process. A young woman’s charm and physical beauty could at one time stop a train, as the saying goes; now perhaps not so much. If women focus on their physical appearance, making it all-important to their existence, they will miss the most important element of life that they could ever learn. It isn’t what’s on the outside that counts, but what’s on the inside. Our looks will fade, our skin will wrinkle and we will get age spots, but that doesn’t change who we are inside. Have you taken the time to tone up your soul and spirit? Have you invested your life into the One who made you who you are?
Charming women are those who are appealing to us. Their exterior draws us in, however, it’s not the same from one day to the next. It’s constantly changing and will not last forever. The woman whose main concentration is to their physical appearance hasn’t accepted the inevitable; old age and death come to us all. It’s those whose focus is to live for Christ that will live a praiseworthy, fulfilling life. These women understand that the foundation of all knowledge is based on the reverence and honor they pay to their Lord. (Proverbs 1:7) That is what fearing the Lord is all about. Not literally being afraid of Him, but acknowledging who He is in relation to you and who you are in relation to Him.
The woman who fears the Lord will be highly praised and blessed in God’s sight. The devil would like nothing better then for you to waste your time being consumed with the physical, for then your spiritual needs will go unmet. He wants you to focus on yourself and leave God to those weaklings who need a crutch. The devil is a defeated foe who will do whatever he can to keep you from being all God knows you can be.
Now I’m not suggesting that women should go without any makeup or outer adornments, not at all. What I am saying is that none of us should allow our exterior appearance, which is nothing more than a flesh tent for our soul and spirit that will rot in the ground one day, to dominate our thoughts and actions in this life. Keep things in perspective and keep your focus on the Lord, for only He can usher you into the great reward that shall await those who have been faithful until the very end. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Application Study Bible – New Living Translation – Tyndale Publishers.