There’s just something about getting all “dolled up!”
Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against a nice night-in with my hair up, sweat pants on, and wrapped in my favorite blanket on the couch. But dressing up occasionally makes me happy! I love the whole thing: trying out different hairstyles, perfecting makeup techniques, picking out a cute outfit, etc., etc. I’m assuming with the amount of Instagram accounts dedicated to make up and #OOTD posts that there are some of you who agree!
I love that God cares for beauty. They say that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” so technically, what I consider beautiful could be ugly to someone else. God has His very own concept of beauty, something that no one else but He understands.
As we look at Scripture, it becomes very apparent that God’s focus is not on outward appearances. The people He chose to carry out His plans and purposes throughout the history of the faith didn’t get picked because of their perfectly coiffed hair or long eyelashes.
God looks at inner beauty –
the beauty of your heart.
One of the most well-known women of the Bible is the Proverbs 31 woman. Over the years, there have been millions of sermons, podcasts, books and blogs dedicated to this topic because she fits the ideal image of what a godly woman looks like. I got the chance to dissect Proverbs 31 as an adult, and I have to say, it was pretty interesting. What does God see in a beautiful woman? Let me share a few of my notes:
- She is trustworthy.
- She looks out for the best interest of others.
- She works hard.
- She sacrifices her own comfort to take care of others.
- She is resourceful.
- She is financially responsible.
- She sees a need and fills it.
- She is proactive.
- She is strong.
- She has joy.
- She is wise.
…And these characteristics are just touching the surface.
If any of you are like me, you probably took one look at that list and thought “Yeah, right! Who acts like that in real life??”
That type of comparative thinking is
where we start to miss the point.
As a wife, if my husband told me that he loved the way I looked in a certain color, I’d probably want to wear that color a little more often! I care about being beautiful in his eyes, so of course I’d listen to what he has to say on the matter!
In the same way, God has used this passage for years to show us exactly what He is looking for in His beautiful daughters. How crazy would it be for us to just ignore His thoughts on beauty?
I understand if some of these qualities don’t come to you naturally. In fact, I haven’t met a woman who had any one of these things perfectly implemented.
It takes work.
It takes dedication.
And sometimes, it might feel like you’re having to force it a bit! But if your prayer is to truly become a woman who is beautiful in the sight of God, then He will help you!
“…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 (NIV)
You can be the most gorgeous, jaw-dropping, modelesque person in the entire world. But if your effort to beautify has only gone towards your looks and not your heart,
it doesn’t matter.
Now, don’t get me wrong! We unfortunately DO live in a world where looks are glorified far more than they should be. But I’ll say this much: your beauty may matter in the beginning, but it will only get you so far if your heart hasn’t been worked on.
What are the Proverbs 31 qualities that you can start working on today and how do you plan on building those areas of your character? Mark up this passage in your own Bible and see what you find. The combination of Scripture, a relationship with the Lord, and finding one’s worth in Christ will make you much more beautiful than any makeup tutorial could ever attempt to.
Let God make one beautiful woman out of you!
“Charm can fool you, and beauty can trick you, but a woman who respects the Lord should be praised.” | Proverbs 31:30 (Paraphrased)