As far as wives are concerned, I’ve always felt that God has given me everything. My wife is the most beautiful woman in the world. Her charm is extremely compelling. But more important than her charm and beauty is that she truly reflects the characteristics of Proverbs 31:30. It says, “Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, is to be praised.”

Gigi Graham once told a story about her mother, Ruth Graham, Billy Graham’s wife. Gigi says, “My mother, Ruth Graham, once took a poll. She asked several of her young bachelor friends which they would prefer to have in a wife; scenery or atmosphere. Without exception, they all replied, ‘Scenery.’ She then polled her married male friends, asking the same question. Without exception, they all replied, ‘Scenery would be nice, but atmosphere is essential.’ The woman who takes God seriously and places her trust in Him has taken the first step toward obtaining lasting beauty. You’ve all heard the saying “Beauty is only skin deep.” Proverbs teaches us that it is not “wise” to pick a spouse solely on the basis of physical attraction. Those who do are often disappointed when they learn the character of that spouse.

Peter knew this proverb well. In 1 Peter 3, verses 3 & 4, he addresses women specifically regarding their appearance. He writes, “Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.”

“Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies.” Proverbs 31:10