Proverbs 31: 30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
When our kids are living at home as youngsters, there are plentiful opportunities to give guidance and direction. When they move out, those opportunities are fewer and far between. Not only are adult children physically less available to us, they aren’t always interested in what mom and dad have to say. So, I choose carefully when and where to offer guidance or advice. I’ll only speak up on things that really matter.
Today’s verse is one that really matters.
I expect one day our 20-year-old son Nick will marry. And when he does, my hope and prayer is that he will marry a woman who loves the Lord more than he does. Good looks and charm are nice things in a wife, for sure. But they pale in comparison to the value of having a wife who sees the world through the lenses of faith. Who places her trust in the Lord. Who embraces the limits and boundaries God gives to us. Who will then teach her children to love and serve the Lord as she does. She is the sort of trophy wife whose value does not diminish with time.
As I think of my own wife Jana, a woman who loved the Lord long before I did, I am grateful to God. For almost 26 years of marriage I have seen her model for our children what it looks like to place her trust in the Lord, to give praise to God in times of blessing, to cry out to God in times of trouble – and to always have faith that God will see us through. And, because of her example, I can have confidence that our own two daughters will be just this sort of wife to their future husbands. It’s all a husband and father could ask for.
Heavenly Father, today we give thanks for all of the Godly women in our lives, be they our wives, sisters, mothers, aunts, daughters, whatever. Love of you, o God, is far more valuable than charm or beauty. Give us grace to honor these women as they honor you. For we ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.