Beauty. It’s a subject that stirs up all sorts of thoughts and emotions in both men and women alike. Our society praises and esteems physical beauty. Consumers spend billions of dollars every year in pursuit of becoming more beautiful. Can’t we all fall prey to seeking beauty by society’s standard?
God praises something different:
“Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works praise her at the city gate” (Proverbs 31:30-31).
We love these verses because they summarize a lengthy description of someone who would be quite overwhelming to emulate. Her list of activities and achievements is intimidating. Yet, for what is she praised? What is the true source of such beauty and excellence? She is praised because she fears the Lord. But the fear of the Lord may not be exactly what you think.
To fear the Lord is to be afraid not to heed His invitation to come to Him.
To fear God is to have such an immense reverential awe of who He is that you fear living life apart from Him.
We are so programmed to live in our own strength. May God open our eyes and rewire our thinking! We need Him. Every minute of every day, we need Him. We need His strength, His wisdom and His power. Above all, we need His love. Reaching this level of dependence is the result of coming to Jesus and listening to His voice.
There’s a perfect beauty routine available just for you.
Will you recognize your need for a deeper dependence on God?
Will you seek to depend on Him as you walk out your day?
“Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame”