30/30 Challenge: Day 15

women's devotional bible #3030challengeIn a world where appearances are everything and substance is a turn off, I decided to go to the Bible for advice on beauty. Because God’s idea of beauty is far superior than any earthly person’s view on it.

It was the best beauty treatment 30 minutes of my time could get.

  • Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the 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 of great worth in God’s sight. (1 Peter 3:3-4)
  • Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. (Ezekiel 28:17-18)
  • Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. (Proverbs 31:30)

Everyday we get uglier in flesh. Things droop, jiggle, and fade. And though we can invest our energy in prolonging the physical effects of decay, it’s still going to happen. And when you really think about it, it’s kind of silly. All the effort that goes into making ourselves into worldly images of beauty.

There’s a reason God allows us to age and lose things we cling to. I think it’s to make us realize that nothing is forever except for Him that created everything. I’m not perfect and spend more time pinning beauty tips and advice than I’d care to admit.

But God is not fooled or impressed by whether our clothes are from designers or thrift stores, what size we squeeze into, or how much makeup we put on.

When I explored the matter further, I realized all the emphasis on physical appearance is just another manifestation of pride.

Dumb pride- always getting in the way of my humility :/

*Rae

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12 thoughts on “30/30 Challenge: Day 15

  1. “Dumb pride- always getting in the way of my humility” Same here. Guilty as charged. But of the entire article (which is excellent, in my opinion), the Proverbs 31:30 reference just clinches it! Praise God for His wisdom in you to have come to this level of understanding and your willingness to fight in the spirit to grasp the elevation of humility found in Christ Jesus. Amen and congratulations!!!

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  2. Proverbs 31:30 is one of my favorites for sure! It so eloquently sums up my overall impressions of the Biblical view of beauty.

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  3. theancients says:

    This was a great post! full of wisdom.
    Absolutely, everything stems from pride!
    Scripture tells us ‘iniquity’ was found in Lucifer who became Satan… this iniquity was pride.
    We’re prideful when we exalt our knowledge over what God says… we’re prideful when we try to live our lives independent of (apart from) our Creator. Even Jesus says He can do nothing without the Father, yet here we are thinking we can do all things without God. Jesus says without Me, you can do nothing – don’t tell that to all the self-made people in the world.

    One of the things I’m trying to wrap my mind around is the fact that God is meek and lowly. He’s a humble God!
    Imagine being God, and deciding to come to earth… we’d come as the most beautiful specimen of a human being… born in the wealthiest family… etc. etc. but God did none of those things! It’s simply amazing.

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  4. theancients says:

    Exactly right you are!
    All of us, in some area is acting out of pride. We have to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal our prideful actions and thoughts to us.

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  5. theancients says:

    I hope you don’t mind me sharing this teaching with you (it’s really 5 parts). It has made a tremendous difference in my life and how I view things.

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