Pr. 15:16: “Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure with trouble.”
Above all, I want to grow a healthy fear of the Lord within my children. In order to do that, my husband and I must first demonstrate that same fear. We want to please our Father and show respect to our Savior. We want our lives to point others to Christ, and not to distract from Him. It’s not about being perfect. It’s about loving the Lord our God with all our souls, with all our strengths, and with all our minds. With all He does and has done for us, showing Him respect is a small price to pay.
The more we study and respect His word, the more I hope we become like Him. Becoming more like Him, certainly makes us less like the world, and makes us more uncomfortable with the things that seem to be the norm to society. Our world is more and more about pleasure, abundance, money, and sex; much like in the days of Noah, I imagine.
Shopping for clothing for my 9-year-old daughter proves it, as I am faced with the challenge looking through a sea of “sexy” clothing to try to find ones that are modest enough to be appropriate for a 9-year-old daughter of God. I would rather my daughter have 4 outfits that reflect our fear of the Lord, than for her to have a closet full of inappropriate, sexy outfits that reflect a fear of man.
It may be challenging to find appropriate clothing, but it is worth the trouble. While clothing is a great treasure in our society, I understand the trouble that can come from my daughter dressing in a sexy manner. Not only could it bring unwanted attention, but she could begin to enjoy that attention. She could discover that looking sexy gives her much pleasure, and gets her things she wants. The pleasure that it would bring is not a godly type of pleasure. Her dressing sexy could begin her on a path of thinking that her strength lies within herself, instead of within her Sustainer.
Dressing sexy could cause her to begin worshiping the flesh instead of the One who created all flesh. Lust could take over in her mind, and bind her to a sinful lifestyle. She could begin to be judgmental to others who don’t dress or behave like her, or to those who don’t have the same attributes or clothing she has. Her sexy outfits could cause another to lust after her, thus hindering their relationship with God and possibly sending them on a path towards sin and death. I could go on, but you get the point.
Maybe it just seems like a harmless tank top, or sundress to some, but to those who fear the Lord, the list of troubles it could bring seems endless. We don’t need to have what the world has, or do what the world does. The fear of the Lord is the is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge. We need to focus on imitating the only One worth imitating…not this world or our society. We are strangers here. We are supposed to be different.
It would be better for us to have only 4 outfits, 1 mode of transportation, and a house bare of all furniture, with fear of the Lord, than to have abundance, pleasure, and gain and not know the only One that offers salvation. True treasure lies in our relationship with Him!
Seeking eternal treasure,