July 23, 2021
Daily Reading: Proverbs 30-31
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
The second to the last verse of the book of Proverbs seems to sum up the entire book. While its context is the description of the Proverbs 31 lady, it is really a verse for all people everywhere.
Favor will change. Ask any preacher. Individuals that once loved them, respected them, and allowed them to instruct them in matters of the Bible sometimes change. The pastor “falls out of favor”. Perhaps the cause is found in getting too close to the man of God and finding him just a man. Perhaps it is some decision the man must make that is unfavorable. Or perhaps they just grow apart for whatever reason. Once a person falls out of favor it is exceedingly difficult to overcome. Parents, pastors, politicians, friends, co-workers, and bosses have all experienced this in one way or another.
Beauty is vain. Enough said here for everyone of any age knows this to be a true statement.
But… on the other side of this coin, fearing the Lord is neither deceitful nor vain. It is not a fleeting emotion or physical aberration. It is a matter of the heart that guides at all times, good or bad. A woman, a man, a child, a grandparent, a couple, a church, or a nation; if they fear the Lord they shall be praised. If by none other, by the Lord God Himself. Yes, one day, perhaps not too far in the future every person will be evaluated by the Lord, at that time He will praise them that fear Him. It is that reverential fear of God that, like a curb, kept them on that narrow way that Jesus spoke about during the Sermon on the Mount. He said that there are few that find that narrow way that leads unto life. Why? Because very few indeed truly have a reverential fear of God.
That said, those that do…shall be praised.
Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.