“How do I look in this dress?” is a common question for a woman to query of her valentine, as she prepares to go out for the evening. If the man is smart, he will answer, “perfect!” If he is “honest Abe”, he might foolishly say, “well, if you want me to be honest, you could stand to lose a little weight.”
How about Jesus? What would He say? Well, of course we can’t know for sure, but I can imagine His answer would go something like this…. “Why do you worry about what to wear? Take a tip from the lilies in the countryside. They don’t work; they don’t weave. Let me tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed as fine as these! Where does your beauty come from? It comes from the Lord; it is God given. You are beautiful and precious to Me.” (Matthew 6:28-29)
What is the most important thing that women should remember on Valentine’s Day? In a world where women are portraying themselves increasingly as objects, and magazines, with all their air brushing photos, are sending messages portraying how we are supposed to look, how do we find who we really are? It is not an easy task, but it is a simple one to understand.
The most important thing for women to remember on Valentine’s Day, and every day, is that our identity and primary source of love comes from God and not man (or a man!).
Whether we are single or married, if we find our identity and confidence in a man, we will be disappointed. If we seek the Lord first, and He is our sole source of confidence, we will be blessed (Matthew 6:33-34). Let’s remind ourselves that a beautiful woman is one who fears and loves the Lord (Proverbs 31:30). A beautiful women is selfless, always looking out for the interests of others (Philippians 2:3-5). A beautiful woman is a servant modeled after the person of Jesus Christ. This is our highest calling!
Our culture tells us that our beauty comes from our outward appearance. God tells us that our beauty lies within. Where does your beauty come from? Wherein lies your confidence? May we be able to say, as the Psalmist did in Psalm 62, “My soul finds rest in God alone….He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken….my hope is from Him!”
Happy Valentine’s Day Beautiful Lady!
Scripture Verses Used:
“And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:28-34)
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:33-34)
“Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.” (Proverbs 31:30)
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus. who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. (Philippians 2:3-5)