Who defines true beauty? Hollywood? Magazine Publishers? Or God? I recently watched a 36 series course titled “Warriors, Queens, and Intellectuals: 36 Great Women before 1400.” These women did amazing things but some used their outer beauty to conquer hearts of kings, emperors and other high ranking officials for the purpose of having them assassinated or overthrown. If succeeded, their minor sons would become kings and emperors with their mothers serving as regents. As regents, mothers acted on behalf of sons and attained power, wealth and highly favored positions to rule countries. I am thankful that our King of kings and Lord of lords cannot be persuaded, overthrown or assassinated.
What did God tell Satan about his beauty? “Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So, I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings.” (Ezekiel 28:17) We see again God is displease with those who thinks highly of their outer beauty.
We learn about another well-known biblical figures in Judges 16:4-7; “Sometime later, he fell in love with a [beautiful] woman in the Valley of Sorek whose name was Delilah. The rulers of the Philistines went to her and said, “See if you can lure him into showing you the secret of his great strength and how we can overpower him so we may tie him up and subdue him. Each one of us will give you eleven hundred shekels of silver. So, Delilah said to Samson, “Tell me the secret of your great strength and how you can be tied up and subdued. Samson answered her, “If anyone ties me with seen fresh bowstrings that have not been dried, I’ll become as weak as any other man.”
What does God say about beauty? Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.” Proverbs 31:30-31
I Peter 3:3-4 sheds light on God’s goal for His daughters. Peter is speaking specifically to wives, but this applies to all women who seek biblical womanhood: “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is great worth to God. Peter is not condemning outer beauty but a redirection of focus.
At some point scriptures have to go from being highlighted in Bibles to life application and renewed minds knowing there has to be more within us to know what is pleasing to God. (Romans 12:2)
Is your journey approved by the Lord? (Judges 18:6).
Recommend listening to True Beauty by Soul Purposed
“Cultivate your mind with the Word of God, not with the word of man who too must stand before God to be judged.” – Tangie T. Woods