“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30 The fear of the Lord is a unique mark of the godly woman. But what does it mean to fear the Lord? As author Jerry Bridges admits, “It’s better described than defined.” So here is a brief description of the God-fearing woman:
She knows her God
~She is in awe of God, the creator of the universe, who is “sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up” (Isa. 6:1). ~She trembles with dread and wonder before the perfect, pure, and holy Lord of all “who will by no means clear the guilty” (Ex. 34:7). ~She marvels at the undeserving love and mercy of Jesus Christ who “is slow and anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression” (Num. 14:18). ~She delights in the perfect wisdom of God, the beauty and order of His universe, the unfathomable perfection of His plan order of His universe, the unfathomable perfection of His plan of salvation, and His loving supervision of every detail of her life.
Her awe of God results in obedience to Him
~She seeks the Lord and delights in God’s Word (Ps. 1:2) ~She hates evil. She doesn’t admire those who love it (Prov. 8:13). ~She confesses her sin, serves in secret, cultivates inner beauty, humbly embraces God’s plan for her life, and trusts Him no matter what.
You recognize her because
~She is full of joy, peace, and hope for the future (Prov. 10:27) ~She has a strong confidence (Prov. 14:26), rest and satisfaction (Prov. 19:23), and contentment in God’s care and provision (Ps. 34:9). ~She’s the one to whom God and man give praise (Prov. 31:30-31). “Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.” Psalm 34:11 (Adapted from Girl Talk: Mother-Daughter Conversations on Biblical Womanhood by Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Whitacre)