Proverbs 31:30: “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

Lemuel (Hebrew: לְמוּאֵל‎ Ləmû’ēl, “to him, El”) is the name of a Biblical king mentioned in Proverbs who apparently wrote chapter 31 of the book. This is how King Lemuel puts it: A woman’s faith in God trumps her beauty and charm. Although this chapter is dedicated to women, the element of aging that is implied in “fleeting beauty” concerns both men and women.

As nature has its seasons, so have we. Living past spring and summer, we approach the fall and winter seasons of our life. I believe we all struggle with the concept of a physical expiration date. Nobody really likes to expire. Ideally, we all want to stay fresh and young forever. On this note, there has been ongoing scientific research to raise human life expectancy to 150 and maybe 200 years – While this may sound wonderful, we know that we only postpone the inevitable.

There is an interesting story in the book of Genesis regarding our life expectancy (Genesis 6:1-3):

“When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. Then the Lord said, ‘My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.’” 

I am not quite sure with whom human beings were mingling and having children with in this short paragraph of the book of Genesis, but it must have been a recipe for disaster. I believe the Lord dialed our life expectancy down to a maximum of 120 years to prevent us from going insane. And as of May 13th, 2020, the oldest known living person is Kane Tanaka of Japan, aged 117 years and 132 days.

Fighting our body’s limited lifespan is an uphill battle that we won’t win. All our physical attributes will fade. Beyond the physical, there is spiritual life. Men and women who fear the Lord know of its value. Our identity is not confined to this mortal body. We have a life to live that stretches beyond this body’s confines. Our challenge is to get in touch with the Eternal One, the One who made us. We are made to walk with Him. There is no time limit put on our friendship with God. Life with Him starts in this mortal body and continues after we have passed on. When we leave this body, the Lord assures us He has a home for us.

Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but we have the Lord forever and ever. Life by His side never ends.

“Lord, You have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting You are God. (Psalm 90:1+2)

1 Peter 3:20: “They had disobeyed God while Noah was building the boat, but God had been patient with them. Eight people went into that boat and were brought safely through the flood.”

Have you ever noticed how patient God is? Following is a great example – reading from the first chapter of the book of Genesis (Genesis 1:1-2):

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” 

Wait a minute – God created Heaven and Earth and the outcome is formless and empty? How does this add up? Well, it really does not make a whole lot of sense – unless we are looking at a time span between those opening lines of the Bible, time enough for a drama to unfold, a drama along these lines:

God created beauty. After beauty was destroyed, God cleaned up a big mess and brought back beauty.

Out of dead ashes God raised new life – and life exploded into an endless array of species. Mankind was among the last of the new series of life forms God created when He restored planet Earth. We did not come as a single edition, but were created male and femaleMade in God’s image, we work together, not unlike the Trinity who also operates as a team.

Unfortunately, mankind parted ways with God. This led to a reboot of sorts when God instructed Noah to build a boat. Only a selected few – which is Noah’s family and certain species of the animal kingdom – survived the deluge. Fast forward to today: Noah’s children meanwhile have spread out and populated the globe; however, mankind’s distance to God remains and profoundly affects our world today. Again He sees His creation suffering.

Picture yourself building something exquisite. Then someone comes along and destroys it. How frustrating is that! Well, against all odds, you decide to start over and build something new. Again, you love the outcome. You are really proud of it. But guess what: it happens again! Someone comes along and spits on your creation. Would you now give up?

Well, God did not give up on us. We are still here today because God wants us to live. If you happen to look at a dead situation right now wondering what good can come out of it, look up to God. Remember: He revived the universe; He can also revive you.

Hallelujah, Thine the glory! Hallelujah Amen! Hallelujah, Thine the glory! Revive us again!