Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
This passage, of course, reminds me on a couple of New Testament passages geared toward womenfolk.
Like 1 Timothy 2:9 ...Women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire.
There is nothing wrong with hairdos, jewelry, and I new duds, but these things are not what makes one beautiful. I’ve seen plenty of people all fancy on the outside, but they’re just not beautiful people; not a person I’d want to have a conversation with or even be around. Beauty is inviting by nature. So a beautiful person draws me to them not the opposite.
And how about 1 Peter 3:3-5 ...Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. This is how the holy women of old made themselves beautiful. They trusted God and accepted the authority of their husbands.
I must say that the people I’ve encountered over the years (few in number) who have gentle and quiet spirits are incredibly inviting, captivating, and beautiful regardless of their age or physical features. I also think it’s interesting to note that according to this passage from 1 Peter, trusting in God makes one beautiful. That sounds way cheaper than a night cream.
But what about the “and accepted the authority of their husbands” part? Does this puzzle anyone? That would make a women beautiful? Yes. Yes, it does. It doesn’t say here that these women agreed with every single thing their husbands said or did, but just that they accepted the husband’s position. Humility is beautiful. Everybody knows that. The feministic, get ahead, ball-busting, she-dragon of the modern workforce is not an attractive person. Remember the movie The Proposal? The Sandra Bullock character may have been attractive, but nobody wanted be around her because of her personality - not beautiful. And that movie character is simply an amalgam of what women think they want to be in our day and age.
But Jesus is humble. He accepted his position. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God (Philippians 2:8). That is the example set by our Lord, and King David labeled that as beautiful in Psalm 27:4.
One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
The REAL secret to being a beautiful woman...
According to Ephesians 3:17, Jesus dwells in our hearts through faith. And Proverbs 27:19 says that the heart reflects the real person. Therefore, Jesus in my heart is what makes me beautiful!
My husband tells me all the time how beautiful I am and you and I both know where that comes from! Thank you for your presence in my life, your Holy Spirit in my heart teaching and reminding me all that Jesus says, and THAT is being reflected in who I am. I love you and praise you and pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.