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What’s under the wrapping?
Sarah Habben
by Sarah Habben
December 23, 2022

“I’m telling you, she’s the total package. She’s funny and beautiful AND smart.”

It’s a rare guy who wouldn’t want a girl like that. And a rare girl who wouldn’t want to be described like that.

But what if that “total package” is really just—wrapping? Frugal types know that no matter how carefully they unwrap a gift, the pretty paper won’t ever look new again. The Bible says that “charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting” (Proverbs 31:30). Just like wrapping paper, charm and beauty delight the senses, but they are disposable.

I have four daughters. They can turn on (and off) the charm. They’re beautiful when they actually brush their hair. But if that’s all I’m raising them to be—charming and beautiful—I’m investing a whole lot of time and effort in wrapping paper. I’ve forgotten the real gift. The Bible tells us what that gift is: “A woman who fears the Lord is to be praised” (Proverbs 31:30).

The “fear” of God is respect. Awe. Reverence. Obedience. It’s a praiseworthy quality in women and men alike. Learning to fear the Lord starts at the cross, where our Savior suffered in our place. It becomes praiseworthy when that astonishing Savior-love seeps under our skin and into our souls and shapes what we do and say and how we act. Women and men who fear the Lord can’t help but serve, encourage, forgive, and support others. 

Pretty wrapping paper gets oohs and ahs. But the gift of a soul mate who fears the Lord . . . that’s worth a hallelujah!