"Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Giver her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates." Proverbs 31: 29-31
At the conclusion of my study of the Proverbs 31 woman, I want to pay special attention to verses 29 and 30.
In verse 29, "daughters is referring to "women." The NIV reads, “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all. Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate."
The writer was comparing her to other ladies who have done well, but, regardless of how hard they tried, they could not measure up to this hardworking lady. I do not believe it means that they are not godly women, but, perhaps, they did not give their all in everything they did. It is so important for us to always do our best, no matter what it is we are doing. Colossians 3:23, "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men." Regardless of whether we are washing dishes and changing dirty diapers, or the CEO of a huge corporation, we need to accomplish the tasks set before us as if it is directly to our Lord. In his eyes, we are all equal and there is no room for jealousy or complaining. (That's another study for another time.)
Moving onto verse 30, the NIV reads like this, "Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."
All of us have met beautiful people who look like they had just walked out of a fashion magazine. However, as soon as they open their mouths to speak, all of the rottenness and nastiness on the inside comes pouring out. No matter how great and "put together" they look, nobody wants to be around them. On the other hand, we've all met those people who may not dress in designer clothes, seem a little frazzled and stressed, and aren't exactly the epitome of beauty, as the world deems them. But, oh, how refreshing their spirit and attitude!!! Such beauty on the inside comes pouring out, that you forget how they are "supposed" to look. Their actions and words speak volumes as to the sweet spirit within.
God has called us each to a higher purpose, but it is so imperative that we keep a good attitude and right spirit. Nobody wants to be around a moody, bitter person. Ask the Lord to keep your attitude right and to be a light to draw others, not the darkness that repels. We should revere the things of God, not mock them or forsake them. Our first priority should be living for him.
The last verse, verse 31, sums up the whole chapter in a nutshell. Her actions speak louder than words. She does not have to boast of her works because they will be seen. Her meek spirit will shine through and others will give her the praise and honor that she deserves. She will be recognized, even by people with high positions and callings.
Remember, God has called each of us to a higher purpose and what we do is so very important!!! We do not need to worry about what man thinks about us, but if what we are doing is pleasing to the Lord. We will reap what we sow. Let's plant only the right things and let others see our example. Be the lady that God has called you to be! Pray for strength during this journey and know that you will be blessed!!!