Today, we are bombarded with the feminist movement and the many different meanings it holds for people (don’t worry, this is not an article about feminism, that’s a whole different conversation). That the thought of being a Proverbs 31 woman is outdated and old-fashioned, or only for moms. But, I want to encourage us to not get caught up in that feminist mentality or argument that being a Proverbs 31 woman is outdated, but to focus on the women that God is calling us to be.
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
Proverbs 31:30 NKJV
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Proverbs 31:30 ESV
The Bible says charm is deceitful. Charm is defined as “the power or quality of giving delight or arousing admiration”. A synonym for deceit is misleading. So, another way to interpret this verse would that arousing admiration is misleading, and that beauty is vain.
As girls and young women we have power, but we must be mindful of how we use it. We do not want to be a stumbling block for those around us, we do not want to be a distraction from what is truly special about us and what separates us, which is that we are chosen of God and we are filled with His Spirit.
I pray that instead of being girls who are focused on the material things, the charms and beauty we have, that we are girls who choose to become a woman who embodies the characteristics God desires of us.
To be modest – 1 Timothy 2:9
To be kind – Proverbs 31:26
To have self control – 1 Timothy 2:9
To fight for those who can’t fight for themselves – Proverbs 31:8-9
To be trustworthy – Proverbs 31:11
To be good – Proverbs 31:12
To honor and be honorable – Proverbs 31:25
To be willing to work hard and not be idle – Proverbs 31:13-15, 27
To plan and make decisions carefully – Proverbs 31:16
To be strong – Proverbs 31:17, 25
To be wise – Proverbs 31:26
Let us be girls, who are rising up to become Proverbs 31 women.