Men and Women of Beauty
Read Proverbs Chapter 30
Pr 31:30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Some of you have been reading these devotionals long enough to know that I like to take a truth principle and apply it to a different circumstance. Today will be one of those, but it won’t be a long stretch. Here is a “rewritten” version which is equally true as the original:
Pr 31:30 Male macho is deceptive, and handsomeness is fleeting; but a man who fears the LORD is to be praised.
I can’t imagine that anyone would argue that both statements are true. Whether you are a man or a woman reading this, the principle can be aptly applied to your situation. We SSA men and women are most often attracted to another person’s great personality or their good looks. We who have more life experience have personally seen this truth played out in our lives.
I have seen some men who had it all. There he stands, the All-American example of masculinity. It is extremely difficult to take one’s eyes off him. What man would not want to be like him; rugged, muscular, not an ounce of fat anywhere, perfect facial features, etc. As he talks with those around him, confidence and charm pour out like a gushing fountain. Yes, I have seen some like that. What we fail to see at that moment, is what is inside the heart.
At my age, I can tell you that I have met many men who fit that description, and I have gotten to know some of them as time went on. You know what? As a man’s inner character becomes more evident, often we find that “all that glitters is not gold.” It doesn’t take long to find out that these first impressions which show immediately can fade pretty quickly. Listen to his speech. Does foul language eventually emerge? What are the topics of conversation which appear after a while? More often than not, that “knight in shining armor” climbs down off his white horse and begins wallowing in the mud.
The opposite is also true. Many men who do not have “charm and beauty” are found to be the most loyal, trustworthy, and moral. Their inner beauty does not shine unless we take the time to get to know them better. There is really no question about it – the man or woman who walks closely beside his Savior is the person who possesses all of the personal qualities which matter. The man or woman who fears the LORD is the person who deserves the praise. Ladies, you will have no trouble relating the message to your gender.
I must confess here. I am much more likely to want to introduce myself and get to know someone who is physically attractive and appears to have a good personality. I have been guilty of “profiling,” if you will allow me to put it that way. Yet, my best male friends, those who have beautiful hearts and souls, who love and serve the Lord, are the ones worth knowing. And, some of them are also handsome. I am trying real hard to overcome the tendency to profile from a physical aspect.
Naturally, there are men and women who have both beautiful “outsides” and beautiful “insides.” They are indeed a rarity. You can’t tell what the water tastes like by looking at the top of the well. So let us put aside our natural inclination to be drawn toward those to whom we are instantly drawn to because of their outer attributes. After all, our Savior would not have fit that description.
Isa 53:3 He was despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces, He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.
Prayer: Father, help us to see the hearts of men and women, and to cherish those whose hearts are in tune with You. Give us the ability to discern eternally rather than earthly.