Let’s be honest for a moment. How many of us focus A LOT, probably too much, on our own beauty? My hand is shooting high into the air right now, ladies, so don’t be ashamed if yours is too. I tend to spend a lot of time zoning in on my appearance and assessing my physical beauty in comparison to other women. We all know this concept to be vain and narcissistic at its very core. Some of us might even deem it a tactic used by the enemy to create self-consumed (and therefore less humble) Christians. But what if I told you that God created beauty with the intention that it would be one of the most important and significant things in our lives? Let’s take a look at the Word and what God has to say about beauty. 🙂
We are going to start in Ecclesiastes 3:11, which says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, He has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.”
Let me reiterate that the Bible says that God, “has made everything beautiful in its time.” Everything. Because we know that He created all things (John 1:3), and all things are for His Glory (1 Corinthians 10:31), we can recognize that He makes all things beautiful according to His will. But what does “in its time” mean? It means that God only does this in His divinely perfect timing, which contrasts greatly to our flawed and human idea of timing.
God will make us beautiful only by His will and for His glory.
So what exactly is beauty, in God’s eyes?
1 Peter 3:3-4 says, “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.”
To God, beauty isn’t what we see looking back at us in the mirror, but is rather marked by a spirit of peace, faithfulness and submission. This kind of beauty is eternal, it is unfading, and it is the kind of beauty that the Lord truly values. He looks at a heart that is in full submission to His truth, and sees great worth.
This beauty, this unfading beauty that we are talking about, is not something that you either have or don’t have. This beauty is something that we, as women of God, get to strive towards every day. As we spend our precious time with the King, leaning into His heart for us, we are becoming more beautiful. As we love our families and stretch out willing hands to those who are hurting, we are becoming more beautiful. We will never truly grasp the ideal beauty in this life, for only one human that has walked this earth could and ever can. Spend your time running towards the most beautiful man to have ever lived, and pray that you will be able to grasp just a bit of the beauty of Jesus in this lifetime.
God has made everything beautiful in its time, and when we are in eternity with our loving Father, we will finally be made truly flawless and beautiful.
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”