1. Rachel (Genesis 29:19)
2. Abigail (1 Samuel 25:3)
3. Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11:2-3)
4. Esther (Esther 2:7)
Unfortunately, we see outward beauty, but not inward beauty in the lives of at least two of these ladies. Abigail made some wise decisions – and of course, we know that God used Esther’s beauty to influence the king. God had her where He wanted her “for such a time as this.”
Most of us women desire to look good on the outside (and there’s certainly nothing wrong with looking our best), but how often do we think about how we look on the inside? Do we have inner beauty, the beauty that reflects a life renewed in Christ each day? Do we reflect inner beauty when dealing with the difficult people in our lives?
Unfortunately, our culture places value on outward beauty and on a lack of inner beauty. (Have you ever read how an outwardly beautiful actress has a “mouth on her” as if spewing inappropriate words somehow makes her more desirable? Have you ever heard an outwardly, put-together mom scream insults at her child? Have you ever heard a cute, twenty-something brag about a immoral lifestyle?)
Back to us.
Whether or not we like it, others are watching what we do and how we live and what we say.
We need to spend as much time working on our inward beauty as we do looking nice on the outside.
(I just thought of something – think of all the things women do to get beautiful: hair appointments, manicures, spa treatments, etc. Think if we spent an equal amount of time on inward beauty – a two-hour hair appointment equals two hours of putting good stuff in our brain. An hour manicure = an hour doing sacrificial service for someone else. A day spa treatment = a seminar on kindness. Anyhow, just something fun to think about.)
Let’s work together on being inwardly, beautiful women.