25 “She is clothed with strength and honor, and she can laugh at the time to come. 26 She opens her mouth with wisdom, and loving instruction is on her tongue. 27 She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. 28 Her children rise up and call her blessed, her husband also praises her: 29 “Many daughters have done valiantly, but you surpass them all!” 30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the LORD will be praised. 31 Give her credit for what she has accomplished, and let her works praise her in the city gates.”
Everywhere we turn today – the media, our culture – is spitting out (seemed an appropriate term to use) images of what is deemed beautiful in a woman. Discipling a throng of wannabe stars, girls flock to the perspective endorsed and propogated by our world as if it brings life – as if it were true that their worth was tied to their outside appearance or beauty.
The temporary pleasure brought about by the pursuit of praise from man lingers momentarily only to give birth to shame. Visible in the teen girls who dare to flaunt and show what they consider to be their charms, or by grown women who still have not seen their true worth, sadly their fashion exposes their nakedness instead. True beauty is long forgotten by a culture that does not fear God, nor have time to in the flurry of being relevant to whomever the “powers that be” are.
But not every knee has bowed. Women indeed have a position of significance and a place in this culture that is one of the most profound and impactful positions of all. The hand that rocks the cradle, that dares to invest her life’s work in the next generation in the fear of the LORD – this is the hand of strength. Serving her family in seemingly pointless tasks, she is laying a foundation of righteousness in a lost world.
Not concerned with being “cool” or following the latest fad, the wise woman invests her life in God’s calling. A student of the Word, her first clothing of the day that she prizes more than trying to look “hot” in some new style is delighting in God’s Word. This relationship with the LORD guides her in every aspect of her life and she is not shaken when the storm comes.
Young women, you are the future. Don’t allow yourself to be molded by a surface view of who you really are in Christ. You are a woman of substance. You are not defined by man’s praise or the lack of it. Your beauty lies in Christ alone.
Older women, don’t let another moment pass you by without utilizing the influence God has given for the glory of God in those around you. Don’t allow fear to hold you back from being what you were destined and called to be – a handmaiden of the LORD – placed exactly where He has you, to nurture those around You with His Word.
This woman of virtue defined in Proverbs is a collective description that gives us hope. This strength from on high is available to all who will be still to seek the Giver of everything we need to be godly women.
We were not meant to be subjects kept for the pleasure of men. Wise, godly men need a godly counterpart to walk beside them, not beneath them. We were meant to provide instruction and guidance and should not allow culture or society to displace us in this regard. Our household depends upon it, and our faithfulness in regard to seeking God and influencing our household with His hope and love has an eternal impact that no one can ever take away.
Lord, thank You for the calling You have given every daughter of Yours. You delight in us and made us for Your glory. Help us to yield to Your will and to walk in purity, radiating Christ to this desperate world around us.