As I was preparing for the Autumn kick-off in August, I was trying to figure out how I was going to write about True Beauty without sounding like an echo of other articles that I’ve written.
As I sat and scanned my brain for ideas on how to do that, the idea of doing a series about different women in the Bible and talk about the different qualities of true beauty each possessed came to mind. But, as I read the stories of women like Deborah and Jael, Esther, Ruth, Rahab and Mary-Jesus’ mother, I realized that, while each of their stories different, they all possessed the same qualities-the qualities of True Beauty.
God used Deborah and Jael to defeat a king and deliver the Israelites from the Cannanites. Both women did as they knew they had to do-despite being a terrifying situation that would make most women cry out in fear, yet they faced it head on with bravery and determination.
Esther, a young Jewish girl who became Queen of Persia, knowing that going to the king unsummoned could land her with a death sentence, went anyways because she had resolved that it was more important to save the whole of the Jewish people; that her life was worth the sacrifice if that’s how it had to be.
And Rahab, a prostitute who let two Israeli spies into her home to hide so that they could assess and then report back their findings so that Israel could conquer Jericho. She, who was seen as the worst kind of woman, trusted that the God of Israel would save and redeem her.
Then there’s Ruth who left her homeland to take care of her mother-in-law, even though they were headed to a place where she would be looked down upon for being a Moabitess. Yet, she still told Naomi, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people and your God will be my God. Wherever you die, I will die and there I will be buried.” She even went as far to say, “May The Lord punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us!” (Ruth 1: 16-17)
Ruth was determined to stick with Naomi and take care of her. She was loyal, and she wanted to honor the woman who had, not only become her mother-in-law, but the woman who had taught her about the God of Israel and his goodness and love.
Then there’s Mary, Jesus’ own mother. A woman who trusted that God would take care of everything when she became pregnant with Jesus. She must have known what could happen when she showed up to Joseph, pregnant. The fear that swept through her as the angel appeared to her–why else would the angel have told her to not be afraid? Knowing that she could fave divorce–or even death–for what people would have automatically assumed her as being unfaithful to Joseph. (Thank Goodness that angel appeared to him, too!) Yet, she told the Angel, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” (Luke 1:38)
When you look at all these stories, what is the common thread?
That they all trusted God in the midst of some terrifying circumstances.
This is how the Holy women of old made themselves beautiful; they put their trust in God…” 1 Peter 3:5
These women of the Bible weren’t concerned with their outward beauty; with what they’d wear or how to fix their hair. No! They were concerned with obeying and trusting him whose authority they were under-God’s!
Ladies, let us strive not to be concerned about what’s on the outside, but with what is on the inside. After all, what ever is on the inside, will flow out.
Inner Beauty = Outer Beauty