Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. (Prov. 31:30).
Our church began following the “Fighter Verse” schedule for Scripture memory this year. And the verse that we’re focused on this week has caused me to reflect on that which delights the heart of God. This week, our verse for memory is Proverbs 31:30. It seemed strange to me at first that we all would concentrate our attention on a verse that appears only to apply to the female portion of our church. However, as I’ve thought on it I found myself considering some of the implications of God’s Word, my wife and I discussed one of those implications this morning.
I suppose that this might be more meaningful to a younger generation–the generation that actually knows what I’m referring to when I use the word “selfie”. These “self-photos” serve as a way to draw attention to oneself with the ultimate payoff of a “like”, “comment”–or some other sought-after accolade. Many serve as a shallow signpost to the deceitful charm and fading beauty of outward appearance. Sometimes we “dress them up” by attaching quaint sayings and even verses of Scripture. And even this covers up a bid to garner disingenuous and dwindling admiration.
Yet, Proverbs 31:30 draws attention to what ought to be praised. In this case, it is the woman who fears the Lord who is to be praised. I am not suggesting that there is something inherently wrong with being “praised”…at least in the way that this verse presents. But I am suggesting that the ‘selfie’ is an effort to garner a praise that is based on a shallow, deceitful, and fading foundation–one that will only ever collapse.
If you know what a selfie is, or even if Proverbs 31:30 captures your attention, then take a few moments to consider the implications of this verse when it comes to the various social media tools of today.
The “Fighter Verse” site usually includes a weekly blog to give some thoughts regarding the week’s verse. Here’s a portion of the blog that is thoughtful and helpful this week:
So, women (and men) are called to focus on internal beauty, not charming, external beauty (see also 1 Peter 3:3–6). There is great danger in a woman who has a magnetic personality and an attractive demeanor, but no fear of God.
Finally, Bryan DeWire ends the Fighter Verse blog by saying:
This passage calls us to fear the Lord and to put aside shallow charm and beauty. Though such beauty attracts attention for a time, it is not an attention worth having. It is not praiseworthy like God-fearing is praiseworthy. So, fear the Lord and praise others—especially women—who do so, ultimately for His sake, not theirs.