Proverbs 31 Woman — Part 20

Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.

(Proverbs 31:30)

LORD Jesus, we praise You for You have made us and the plans You have for us are perfect. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we put Your Word second to all other things. Enable us to keep our focus on You and the Truth. Give us wisdom and understanding to run the race and to do everything as unto You and not as unto men. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

What is the virtuous woman’s secret for her success? Today we are finally getting to the bottom of this.

READ — Let’s read the verse again.

Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.

ENGAGE — What does the verse say?

What is deceitful?

What will (eventually) pass?

Which woman shall be praised?
(the woman who) _____ _____ _____

The virtuous woman is wise and so she uses her charm for good and not for evil. She also knows that her beauty will eventually pass. She understands what it means to fear the LORD.

APPLY — How does this apply to you?

Are you a person of great charm?
How important is your beauty?
Do you fear the LORD your God? In what way?

DO — Think: What are some of the ways you could apply this verse?

There is nothing wrong with charm. Use it for the good to draw other people close to you, and then point away from yourself and to Christ.

There is nothing wrong with beauty. Use it for the good, however, or it will cause you — and others — a lot of heartache. Give priority to the beauty that is found inside, and stay in control of your beauty that is on your outside (especially in the way you dress).

Listen to what Matthew Henry comments:

But the fear of God reigning in the heart is the beauty of the soul; it recommends those that have it to the favour of God, and is, in his sight, of great price; it will last for ever, and bid defiance to death itself, which consumes the beauty of the body, but consummates the beauty of the soul.

The central theme of the Book of Proverbs is the fear of the LORD. This book begins with and ends on this topic. Proverbs 1:7 says that

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

It’s not a fear of being left alone or pushed into a corner, or of being afraid of the consequences of our behavior or of someone who wants to hurt us. No, this fear talks about having/showing deep reference for someone.

The fear of the LORD is the key to powerful living.

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