I thought this was thought provoking:)
Just some thoughts from this morning~
* I was reading some through Prov. 31 this early am and again was struck by the part that says, "...but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised..." To fear the Lord is to not fear man. To fear the Lord -- it's to know and LIVE OUT that He alone is God.
* This verse really meant a lot to me -- I was thinking about how when I know I've been slandered and gossiped about how there is a temptation to worry about what others might be thinking about me, to feel a need to defend myself, to expose those who are in the wrong -- to "fear" others over fearing God. But when I fear God, I don't need to fear man. I can trust that He will take care of all things.
* In the world there are woman being praised for all sorts of things. Mainly for charm and beauty. The first part of this verse (31:29) says these two things are deceitful...
* a woman who fears the Lord is not deceitful. She can be sincere because she doesn't fear what man thinks. She can be real and open, even with her faults... not afraid to appear "human" ("who can say, "I have made my heart pure; I am clean from my sin?" Prov. 20:9) to others because she rests and trusts in the Lord and knows that the work He has begun in her will be perfected until the day of Christ Jesus. Who she is, is all about Him, not about her.
"... the fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trust in the Lord is safe!" Prov. 29:25