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Best in the World

May 13, 2018

I just scrolled through my Facebook early on this Mother’s Day. Pictures of moms and grandmas with their families fill the headlines. In a little bit, I’ll be in church and the same will continue. And restaurants will be busy with families gathering to honor moms.

That’s great and right. We should honor those who have had an impact on our lives, and we know that honor goes beyond a card and dinner on this one special day. It should permeate our conversations and actions all year.

And moms should be examples all year, too.

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Proverbs 31:30ESV

The world emphasizes charm and beauty – external features. There might even be accolades for women who are hard-workers, pioneers, strong, independent, or other characteristics which are not inherently bad.

But the writer of this proverb points out an important characteristic that can be found in every woman: the fear of the Lord.

All those other characteristics are meaningless, if a woman does not fear the Lord. At then end of her life, a woman may have motivated others to be hard-workers by their example. A brave woman who tries new things is certainly going to have a following. But they are only leading others until the end of their lives.

A woman who fears the Lord will teach others about who God is, about what God expects, and about what God has done. She will speak often of His creation. She will spend time in prayer. She will ooze with wisdom from God’s Word. She will point others to Him. She will admit her sin and strive toward sanctification. She will use her resources for God’s kingdom.

A woman who fears the Lord will have an eternal perspective, not just helping her children, grandchildren, and others to become better people, but to help them to fear God as she does.

That is the type of woman who should be praised.

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