Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.
Hello, my dear fellow Proverbs 31 women in progress!
Today, I didn’t feel like going out (it’s quite cold here in Paris!) and I came across a book entitled Lies Young Women Believe And The Truth That Sets Them Free, and I realized that we are so brainwashed about many things, such as beauty.
Magazines, TV shows are always showing women to emulate and sometimes, as we want to be as perfect as the model we are shown, we get depressed and tired.
In the book, there was the story of a teenage girl who was an aspiring model and who was told that she was fat by the people in charge of castings (whereas she was quite thin according to normal standards). Soon, she started to develop anorexia and starved herself to attain the “model’s ideal weight”. She ended up at hospital and she’s still trying to recover.
Do you realize how much we are in bondage so that we could be perfect? Fortunately, God’s principles are here to set us free and to remind us that the most important is having faith in him and building your character.
Being Beautiful does not mean you are going to be happy
External beauty is temporary and by the way, it does not guarantee that you’ll get a happy life (even if you can get a free pass).
Look at the following examples:
- Marilyn Monroe was a megastar and the female sex symbol of her era. But she was very unhappy in her private life and committed suicide
- Elizabeth Taylor was extremely beautiful and desired by everyone, but her private life was extremely chaotic (especially her marriages)
- Queen Marie-Antoinette of France was beautiful and charming, but she finished her life tragically and was hated by the French people
Queen Marie-Antoinette of France
- Dalida, a French singer, had everything for her, including beauty. However, she suffered a lot in her love life (almost all the men she dated or married committed suicide) and she ended to commit suicide herself
The Lord is reminding us that he looks first in our hearts and if we are willing to do His will. He wants women to be free and to fulfill their mission. But how can we meet God’s standards on beauty? I have some ideas that I want to share here.
Consecrate yourself to God
If we look at the Proverbs 31 woman, we realize that she has a deep connection to God and that she recognizes Him as the source of everything. Moreover, her faith in God is the foundation for fulfilling all the roles she was assigned by the Lord. She knows that without God, she can’t do anything.
Put God first
I would recommend to search God early in the morning, so that you set the tone for your day. Remember that all great spiritual leaders woke up early to be in connection with the Lord – King David and Jesus himself can testify of the benefits of this practice.
Plan some time early in the morning before you start your day to pray, read your Bible and/or devotionals and meditate on God’s Word. I promise that you will be regenerated and you will be rewarded for your faithfulness.
Accept God’s plan for your life
When I read Proverbs 31, I realized that God’s Word was so empowering for women. I found out that I didn’t want to impress anyone with my curriculum, or my degrees. I just want to fulfill the roles God has given for every women:
- Being a woman of character
- Being a devoted wife and mother
- Being a wise woman who builds her house, in every way
- Being a woman who doesn’t fear for the future because she fears the Lord!
I invite you to meditate on this and to start applying God’s will for your life. And don’t be afraid of what people will think about you! You’ll always find critical people everywhere.
Don’t neglect your physical appearance, though
The magnificent and wise Queen Esther
It would be a shame that you proclaim to be God’ princesses and queens and that you neglect your body! Women, we should start glorifying God in our bodies and present our bodies like “a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God” (Romans 12,1).
Eat properly, get beauty sleep, exercise, dress weel (our Proverbs 31 woman is dressed in silk and purple!) and have facial treatments. You should like radiant for Jesus inside and outside!
Also, God delights in beauty. Look at all the things he created in the nature. Aren’t they beautiful? I suspect God to be the Ultimate Artist and He can mold our characters, so that we will appear beautiful to Him, if we ask Him to do so.
Remember, many women of faith were strikingly beautiful: Sarah, Esther, Rebekah were certainly very beautiful. But if they are remembered today, it’s mostly because of their characters and their fear of the Lord.
Start following God’s principles for beauty and reject the wisdom of the world about it!
Do you agree with these principles? Please share your point of view!