Proverbs 31: King James Bible
A Woman that Fears the Lord – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter thirty one, Verse 30
30 Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – A Woman that Fears the Lord
Throughout the majority of this chapter, we seen a host of works and acts performed by the virtuous woman. We’ve discovered that she does these things by her nature, not for other vain or prideful reasons.
We’ve also witnessed her charitable heart, and willingness to help out those in need. Her family remembers, and blesses her because of all her efforts. Her faithfulness is cherished and relied upon by her husband, and he praises her.
Above, we see that the driving force behind her willingness to be as she is, doesn’t come from her beauty, or by any favor given her. To me, this directs us to realize that she didn’t get to a place of prominence due to her good looks, wealthy upbringing, or luck.
She Fears the Lord
She is a woman that fears the Lord, and has kept that on the front burner in all that she’s accomplished throughout her life. How far removed have we become?
Outward Beauty and the Favor of Others
I think of the people that we call “celebrities,” how vain and deceitful ways litter tinsel town. Some people find fame and fortune, simply by their beauty, and nothing else.
What’s going to happen when that beauty fades? Then it’s time to get lifts, tucks, injections, work done, enhancements- whatever it takes to hold on to that beauty for just a little bit longer.
Next thing you know, you wind up with a room full of people that look like the joker in drag. Odd grins permanently fixed to their faces, garden hose lips. And we call these celebs the “beautiful people.”
So desperate to hold on to that beauty, because once that’s gone, what’s left? What have they spent their lives doing, where so much of who they think they are relies on how others perceive their faces?
A Beautiful Heart
Our woman of virtue takes care of herself from the inside out, rather than the other way around. Beauty is deceitful, because if it doesn’t stem from the heart, you’re looking at a rotting corpse with a pretty wrapper. Male or female- doesn’t make any difference.
She fears, holds in reverence, honors, respects, obeys, and cherishes the Lord. These things hold more weight than the shape and condition of one’s skin.
The fullness of the Lord God Almighty dwelling in your heart, and reaping all of the good benefits by staying true to the Father, is a bigger deal than those crows feet, or those wrinkles. When true beauty that comes from the heart of a woman of faith in the Lord Jesus works its way to the surface, the last thing anyone will notice are those imperfections that get people so concerned about themselves.
The Lord is first in her life, and her way of life reflects that. She’s worked as unto the Lord in every area that catches her attention, and has reaped the benefit of doing so. She’s tasted the Lord, and has seen that he is good; keeping his promises to all of the agreements that he’s established.
Faith in beauty and favor is ill placed. Have faith in the Lord, do what he says, and he’ll also do what he’s said. The Lord is always faithful to those who fear him.
Related New Testament Scripture
Hebrews 13: King James Bible
6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
1 Peter 3: King James Bible
3 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; 2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; 4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: 6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
Revelation 15: King James Bible
4 Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.
Thank you for your Word, and for every lesson you’ve made available to us. Help us to resist the temptations of beauty and favor from others. May we remain faithful unto you, rather than cheating on you for our own gain somehow. Help us to maintain a healthy prospective and balance between taking care of our selves, and tending to the things that we must, as Ambassadors of Christ. May you always remain first and foremost in our hearts, without wavering or being tossed about with oncoming temptations. All of this we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Don’t you find that a woman who fears the Lord is more capable of beauty than those who rely on their looks?