Proverbs 20: King James Bible
Glory and Beauty – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty, Verses 29-30
29 The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the grey head. 30 The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Glory and Beauty
Funny how we tend to ignore the latter half of verse 29. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a male or female, we all want to retain our youth in one way or another. This has put beauty products such as hair dye on shelves across the world, and has made companies fortunes.
What is it we have against a grey head anyways? The Lord tells us here, that it is the beauty of old men. So why do we feel the need to put off that beauty for as long as humanly possible?
I believe that the reason rests in a host of different categories, none the least of which would be either pride or insecurity. Whatever the case, it is a fleshly thing. The spirit couldn’t care less about retaining youth, as it isn’t faced with mortality.
As far as the first half of verse 29 is concerned, I’m at an age now where I can relate to it in many ways. Often, I long to have the strength I took for granted in my youth. You never really know how much you’ve been blessed by the Lord, till things start to change. I’m sure all of us who’s physical age no longer qualifies as a youth can relate to these kinds of things.
However, if we’re honest, the wisdom that comes with age slowly replaces what’s wanting for physical strength. I can’t count how many times I’d remember something from my youth, and wish I had the smarts about a matter then, that I have now. The old proverbial, “If I only knew then what I know now,” occasions.
This I believe, is attached to the beauty of gray hair. Gray hair signifies the age, or the experienced run someone’s had at life. Also, you’ll not find too many verses how much the Lord takes delight in man’s physical strength, but you’ll find all kinds of things said about how much he enjoys for us to be wise.
Verse 30 is a great follow up to the former, because aside from it being associated with raising a child in the way he should go, it is descriptive of the transition from young to old. We often forget that we are children of the Most High God, and in his eyes act as such, children.
We’re never too old to be chastened and disciplined by the Father, because he loves us, and wills to purge those he loves from the dangers of iniquity. The difference is, the older and wiser may simply need it less than the young.
We tend to judge things by the flesh. The Father judges us multidimensionally. He looks upon our physical age (young and old), and also the age of our spirit. The difference between the two are enormous, even how one ages is different between flesh and spirit.
We physically age day by day, being bound to time. The spirit on the other hand, begins when we’re born again, and has periods of growth that ties into experiences, the Word of God, and our willingness to follow his instruction, among other things.
Related New Testament Scripture
Acts 2: King James Bible
17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
1 Corinthians 3: King James Bible
3 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. 2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
1 Corinthians 13: King James Bible
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
Hebrews 5: King James Bible
12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Titus 2: King James Bible
2 But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: 2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. 3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
Thank you for taking the roll as the ultimate parent, able to raise us in the way we should go, and always looking out for our best interests, whether we are privy to it or not. Increase our understanding Lord, and help us to digest both the milk and the meat of the Word, as a well balanced spiritual meal. Where we lack in strength, please fill us with wisdom, or grant that strength to us. And where we lack in wisdom, grant us strength, or increase our wisdom. This we pray and thank you once again, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Why do we let the world define how we perceive glory and beauty?