By Mike Chaffin
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates. Proverbs 31:30-31
The last words remind me of the old Waylon Jennings song, “Good Hearted Woman”. But these last words are about so much more than a wife offering unconditional love to her ‘good-timin’ man.
The entire last chapter of Proverbs describes a woman that everyone would envy. She is nicknamed the virtuous woman. Successful, beautiful, and hardworking. One can hardly believe a person like her could exist. Yet, these final words sum up the reason for her success. Her key to success is she fears the Lord. Not from a frightened standpoint, but from reverence, respect, and awe for the One who she knows holds the keys to life. Is there anything more beautiful than a godly woman? I don’t think there is.
This woman is given her due because she made a place for herself and made a name for herself. She is a daughter of God who understands charm and beauty aren’t the goal, or an end to a means. She is not fooled by worldly trappings, but her affections are for Christ. Her success is following His instructions. She knows her good works glorify God.
What the last words in Proverbs say to us is don’t waste your life seeking fame and fortune. That doesn’t last. Seek the one who gives life everlasting because eternity is a whole lot longer.
Prayer: Dear Lord, don’t let me be consumed with pursuits, vain deceits and seeking beauty, fame, and fortune at the expense of worshiping and serving you. Help me to always do everything for your glory and let your blessing flow. In Jesus name, Amen.