Scripture for Today: The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. [Isaiah 61:1-3 NIV Version] [Jesus also quoted this scripture in Luke 4:14-30]
We live in a world that’s crazy for “perfect beauty.” It’s all around us, the makeup, and the “perfect celebrities.” It’s no wonder that most ladies (like 90% of us) at one point in our lives had an issue with our image. Our hair was not good enough, and there’s something wrong with our nose, our teeth are not perfect enough. It’s like we suffer from an internalized self-loathe that ignites an endless desire for products that will make us look like them (the celebrities).
Its eugenics all over again, but in a more shrewd way. History talks about humans’ desire for a perfect race. In 1933, Hitler’s administration enacted a law that would allow forced sterilization on people with hereditary diseases. The term eugenics was coined by a British known as Francis Galton. It refers to practices aimed at increasing the genetic quality of human beings. Such practices seek to discourage reproduction by persons who either have genetic defects or undesirable traits.
What does eugenics have to do with makeup? Well, in my opinion, they both reflect our innate desire to appear perfect. The perfect human being has the right shade of skin, the right set of teeth, and the right eye brightness with no under eye wrinkles. Just perfect and ageless.
The media also supports eugenics. By selecting the “best breed” for advertisements, tv shows, e.t.c. They also communicate that a “handsome man” or a “beautiful woman” has to have a certain appearance. It never ends! And it cannot end! To the human eyes, image is everything. But to God, character is everything.
God And Beauty
God is the author of beauty and the creator of all human races. There’s a scripture that says, “from whom all families in heaven and on earth derives its name” (Ephesians 3:15). God made the Blackest human being on Earth. He made the Whitest human being as well, and every other shade in between. He made the Earth and everything in it (Psalms 24:1). And at no point does a clay pot ask the potter why He made it that way (Isaiah 45:9). So the first step to true beauty is realizing that if GOD allowed that person to be born, then there is beauty in that person. They are already beautiful to God.
Isaiah 45:9: Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker— one clay pot among many. Does the clay ask the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘He has no hands’? Woe to him who says to his father, ‘What have you begotten?’ or to his mother, ‘What have you brought forth?” (from the Berean Study Bible).
GOD knew us before He formed us; before He formed us, He thought of us (Psalms 139:13-16).
The first step to true beauty is understanding that God created all races, all varieties of the human breed, including those we claim to be “undesirable.” And no one has a right to despise another.
If Hitler’s law persisted, it means a person like Hellen Keller would not have been born. Although she was deaf and blind, she went ahead and accomplished more than most human beings with “desirable traits” achieve.
What human being under the sun has the right to say, who lives, and who deserves to die? Who says, what is beautiful, and what is ugly?
To God, it is never about the external appearance. True beauty is a matter of the heart.
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
The Sarah Kind of Beauty
In Genesis 20, Abraham and his wife entered a foreign land that was called Gerar. The King of that territory saw Sarah and wanted to take her to be his wife. So when he asked Abraham who Sarah was, Abraham lied that she was his sister. He was afraid that the King would kill him and Sarah.
I have quoted this scripture because it reveals God’s power over beauty. You see, God called Abraham when he was 75 years old. The age difference between Abraham and his wife was about 10 years. Therefore, when the King looked at Sarah and saw that she was beautiful, she was probably sixty-something?
Yet, this is God! You see, the scriptures have taught me that physical beauty is the outcome of spiritual beauty. When the Spirit is God-fearing, when the Spirit is one that trusts in God and seeks to obey Him, even physical appearance changes.
Did I mention that Sarah lived to be 127 years old?
What is our lifespan today, with all our medical advancements and technology? The lifespan of a woman today is about 81.1 years. Yet God made Sarah a mother at 90 years.
You need God in your plans for a healthy, holistic, and true beauty!
And you need GOD because God is sovereign over all genetics, over all knowledge and wisdom! He made you! Therefore, He is the best candidate for helping us become the true beauty that He designs us to be.
Yes! This true beauty includes those with disabilities.
Moses, in the Bible, was a stammerer. Yet, God used Moses to save the Israelites from 430 years of slavery/oppression in Egypt.
There was a time when the Israelites were starving! The economy was high, and most people could not afford food. But GOD used lepers to change the economy.
Therefore, true beauty accepts that even those with hereditary conditions or physical disabilities have the energy to transform the world. They have beauty and purpose. True beauty has a purpose, and in Christianity, the purpose is to glorify God.
Why Use Make up?
They say that the purpose of makeup is to enhance appearance. I wonder how many people use it to enhance appearance versus those who use it to mask something they don’t like. There is a difference, I believe, in the two because it brings the second question, “who told you it was unappealing?”
I believe that true beauty is also about embracing our natural state. You are embracing how you were created. This means that you are comfortable with or without makeup.
True beauty also starts with spiritual beauty. This means asking God to fill us with His spirit so that we can develop the characters of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, humility, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
And let’s not kid ourselves. As much as we love the anti-heroes in most films, we live in a world that needs a superman. We crave for leaders who will guide our countries out of the darkness. We need spiritual beauty in the world more than the physical.
I am tired of hate. True beauty calls for a love for God and our neighbors (Matthew 22:36-40).
We need people who don’t have an escapist mindset. People who don’t feel the need to forget the realities of life by drowning in drugs, or fantasy worlds, or any other forms of escapism; instead, we need women like Esther. She prayed and fasted, seeking God’s favor. After that, she wisely changed a law that could have led to the death of her people.
True beauty is wisdom. We need to become people who are full of wisdom. There’s a reason why wisdom is always depicted as a woman in the Bible. I believe it is because wisdom is beautiful to God and people.
We need spiritual beauty. And, spiritual beauty is from people who love good deeds (Hebrews 10:24). Yes, even those who are kind to animals are in the scripture (Proverbs 12:10). For our, God delights in compassion.
But we also need discernment (the ability to judge well), for we live in a corrupt world, where most of us can no longer tell what’s right from wrong.
And this is why the secret to true beauty is being full of the Holy Spirit.
Every time Moses met with God on the mountain, he would come back with a radiant face. He would put on a veil to hide this radiance.
Natural beauty is hard to obtain. But natural beauty comes by changing the spirit. When we become true Christians, then God works with us towards making us a radiant people.
For true beauty goes hand in hand with good deeds and a Godly character. Any leader, scientist, or expert who says or claims otherwise, is a liar. Ageless beauty as well can only be derived from the ageless GOD. For our GOD is Ancient! And His glory is from eternity to eternity.
Think about these things and be blessed.