What makes you beautiful?
It was just last night when we, men at church, surprised the women in a post-Valentine treat. After meeting up for prayer, we kicked off with “Just The Way You Are” and then, “What Makes You Beautiful”.. It was overwhelming, even for us because it was actually the first time. It’s truly an honor and a pleasure praising the women of God.
Going back, what makes you beautiful? Is it your eyes, hair, lips, or is it your make-up, or your smell? The dress you’re wearing? The smile you’re wearing? Or the way you talk? How do you define your beauty?
Of course, I’m referring to the women.
Beauty can be defined in so many different variations. Some say that it just depends on the beholder’s perspective. Some even base it in the physical or the psychological paradigm. How about the spiritual? Have you considered the perspective of God in beauty?
Proverbs 31:30 says,
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
If we look into the verses before this…
10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. 11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. 12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. 13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. 14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. 15 She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. 16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. 17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. 18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. 19 In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. 20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. 21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. 22 She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. 23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. 24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. 25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. 26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. 27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 29 “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” 30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Now, that is what beauty is. ‘Nuff said.
I continually pray that you, women, will be secured in God’s perspective of beauty. You are more than who you think you are. You are valued. You are loved. And that should never be stolen from you.