Proverbs 31:30

“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.”

Remember the story of Adam and Eve? Life was perfect, and man and woman had an intimate relationship with God. Then the serpent tricked Eve and put doubt into her mind about the truthfulness of God’s clear directions. The serpent covered his identity and made Eve believe him, and BAM, there’s the fall of man. The serpent charmed Eve into doubting God. He made sin seem beautiful and harmless. He put the seed of desire into her mind to eat fruit from the tree that God had explicitly said not to.

Since the fall, people age. Beauty fades. People must work. There are struggles. Men and women were destined to stay on the earth with a direct pathway to God at all times, but now there is a great divide.

Satan used charm and deception to mask his true intentions. And many people in general, not just women, deceive to make things look better than they are. That’s why knowing and studying the truth is so important. If package something nicely, it can sound like truth, but when you know the real truth, deception and charm are easier to spot. Even the most mature Christians can trip up sometimes, though. Satan’s main goal is to deceive us and drive a wedge between us and God. John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

That’s why we must be diligent. When we learn and study absolute truth in God’s word, we can combat the lies that the world tries to package as truth. Then we can stand firm against evil and dwell in God’s light.

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