The propensity that men have to gaze upon the beauty of a woman is born out of our created nature which will ultimately be fulfilled when we are permitted to “gaze upon the beauty of the LORD.”
One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.While the world is constantly trying to offer us second class alternatives (see Matt’s comment on my first post), Christian men have regained a basic desire to “taste and see” that which is true and good. And as the Apostle Peter has clearly stated, true beauty, even that which is very precious, is a gentle and quiet spirit.
Psalm 27:4 ESV
What men want and need is peace in the home. They may not know how to achieve this, and they may even work against it themselves. But if they love the Lord and the things that make for peace, they will desire and work towards a peaceful home. As a wife nurtures a gentle and quiet spirit, her life will begin producing the fruit of that spirit, which is peace.
As a husband begins to see that his wife is for him and not against him, and realizes that he has it better than any other man on earth, he will come to the point that he could not even dream of looking anywhere else. There will simply be no other place as pleasing as home. In fact, the temptations of this world will be seen clearly for what they are, false, hollow and unsatisfactory.
I recently saw a bumper sticker that read, “No matter how beautiful she is, someone is still sick of her [crap]!” Even pagans can see that beauty is vain if the heart is not right and the home is filled with contention.
Yet how different is the conclusion drawn by a godly husband whose wife has made herself truly beautiful:
Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.”Well, more later.
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
A photo of all the “girls” taken at Emily’s wedding.