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Daily Bread (Who Then Is Beautiful?)

November 9, 2005

Who Then Is Beautiful?

Genesis 24:12-21

Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. —Proverbs 31:30

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In her book Who Calls Me Beautiful? Regina Franklin observes that in 1951 Miss Sweden was 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighed 151 pounds. But Miss Sweden of 1983 was 2 inches taller and 45 pounds lighter. What qualifies as beauty for one generation does not seem to apply to the next.

In Genesis 24:16, we are told that Rebekah was "very beautiful to behold." But physical beauty was not the crucial point for Eliezer, the servant of Abraham, who was sent to find a wife for Isaac.

Eliezer's prayer gives us an important clue about the kind of beauty he sought for his master's son: "Let it be that the young woman to whom I say, 'Please let down your pitcher that I may drink,' and she says, 'Drink, and I will also give your camels a drink'—let her be the one" (v.14).

Common courtesy could have prompted Rebekah to provide drinking water for a stranger, but to water camels was a different matter entirely. Ten thirsty camels could drink up to 210 gallons. Rebekah clearly had a servant's heart.

The Bible tells us that Rebekah was beautiful, but it says much more about the beauty of her character. "Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised" (Proverbs 31:30). —Albert Lee

Think not alone of outward form;
Its beauty will depart;
But cultivate the Spirit's fruits
That grow within the heart. —D. De Haan

Nothing can dim the beauty that shines from within.
Angel's Touch said:
What kind of beauty is really worth having? Real beauty is inside the person and affects others positively.
I Peter 3:3-4, "Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, 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."

Real beauty is not self-centered.
I Timothy 2:9-10, "I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God."

Real beauty is found in the Lord.
Psalms 90:17, "And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us…"

This is a beautiful post, Angel's Touch.

Oftentimes it takes a great deal more than learning the words of the Bible to become someone that lives by the Word. It begins with considering others more than oneself.

God continually strengthen you with compassion for others and provide you the fear of the LORD - the beginning of wisdom that shines with His beauty. All in all through Jesus. Amen.

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To Christ
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