Day 31 – Proverbs 31
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
As I watched the Miss America pageant last night, I found myself conflicted. As women I think we are naturally drawn to pageants, stages, celebrities and pretty things. Because we’ve grown up with these things idolized and applauded it’s difficult to turn off those longings or desires. I think it’s safe to say that every little girl wanted to be on that stage at some point in her life.
But as I read about the Proverbs 31 woman, I’m contented to discover that so much of what I idolized about beauty queens is not that much different from this Godly woman that we read about in Proverbs.
The Proverbs 31 woman:
- is noble
- is worth more than rubies
- has earned her husband’s confidence
- works hard
- is disciplined
- serves her family
- is a business woman
- is strong
- is a good steward of her resources
- helps the poor and needy
- decorates her home
- dresses well
- is married to a respected man
- has dignity
- speaks with wisdom
- gives faithful instruction
- is not idle
- is blessed by her children
- is praised by her husband
Isn’t the Proverbs 31 woman so much of what we long to be?
Isn’t that what a lot of our pageantry is about?
I think the defining difference is in the last part of verse 30: “but the woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” While all of these other qualities are good, without the fear of the Lord these things become deceptive and fleeting. I believe that is why all our attempts to aspire to these qualities end up feeling empty, shallow… hollow.
What stands out about the Proverbs 31 woman to you?