You’ve seen her. That woman who radiates the love of Christ.
His truth glows in her eyes. His love shines through her smile.
His mercy beams through the words she speaks.
The world may or may not call her attractive.
God calls her beautiful. God calls her His.
Take a look in the mirror of His Word and see if that radiant woman might be you.
As water reflects the face,
so one’s life reflects the heart. Proverbs 27:19
As water… Proverbs 27:19
This verse starts with a comparison—“just as” (CJB). Solomon is saying, Look at how these things are alike and learn.
Water can be turbulent, whipped up by the wind. Or it can be calm and placid, like the Sea of Galilee on an autumn day.
“When you look into water” (NIRV), hoping to catch a clear view of yourself, you need a surface as smooth as glass. Like a mirror.
…reflects the face,… Proverbs 27:19
Back in the day, women gazed at their reflections in polished brass (Exodus 38:8). For the poor, a basin often served as a natural “mirror” (NLV), where a woman could see her face “shine in the water” (DRA).
Today, glass coated with amalgam is the mirror of choice. That reflection you see is only a “likeness” (NIRV), not the real you, though it is your “true face” (VOICE). It’s what others see when they look at you.
But that’s not what God sees. He looks beyond our mirrored image. He looks inside our hearts and observes the things we do. “For the Lord is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed” (1 Samuel 2:30).
What does the Lord know about you that no one else knows?
What deeds of yours might He weigh and find wanting?
We won’t know the whole story until we stand in His presence. But this is a guarantee: “Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known” (1 Corinthians 13:12).
God sees the absolute truth about who we are and what we’ve done. Even so, He loves us completely. As is. As His.
…so one’s life reflects the heart. Proverbs 27:19
In other words, all the things you are—“your thoughts” (CEV), “your heart” (ERV), and “your mind” (NCV)—echo through your words and are revealed in your actions.
What you do, day to day, “reflects the kind of person you are” (ERV). Your heart shows in the way you live as a “real person” (NLT). The real Lizzie. The real Susan. The real Linda.
Standing in front of a mirror, lifting up our arms, and saying “Ta-da!” is a great way to begin the day. What we do next is even more important to the Lord.
James wrote, “For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.” (James 1:23-25).
It’s God’s Word that shows us who we truly are. It convicts and counsels and comforts. It shapes and informs and guides. It reflects and reveals.
Mirrors also have a purpose. They help us learn how to accept the woman God created us to be. And the woman He wants us to become. This star-shaped mirror from DaySpring reminds us, “You will shine…like stars in the sky” (Philippians 2:14-15).
So, shine, beloved. Right here, right now. Hide nothing in an attempt to look good. Instead, display your true self as a way of making God look good—because He is good.
Lord Jesus, open our eyes so we can be honest with ourselves and with others. Remind us that our true beauty is designed by You. Our true worth is measured by You. Our true calling is bestowed by You. By the power of the Holy Spirit, let our lives reflect what’s in our hearts: You, Lord.
Now it’s your turn
- The next time you look in a mirror, what good quality would you like to see reflected there, and why?
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Your grateful sister, Liz
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