Does God Want Me to be Beautiful?

Anastasis Faith


You remember her.
You’ve seen her somewhere—at school, at church, at a camp, in the grocery store.
She was probably wearing very tight clothes and tiny shorts. Her face was coated in makeup and her hair was perfectly done. You watched as she passed a darkened window and checked how she looked. You saw the look on her face when the cute guy came around. And you saw the look on her face when she met eyes with you.
Disgust.
The other day I was reading in Isaiah. I was startled by chapter 3, which I had remembered previously, but had not stood out to me so much.
Did you know that God is very concerned with how women view themselves? Did you know that He wants women to be beautiful?
But be careful. Scripture is very clear about what TRUE beauty before the Lord is.

1.    God recognizes that women desire to be beautiful because He GAVE them that desire.

2.    He is aware of women with proud and vain hearts. 

3.     He hates the arrogance of an outwardly beautiful girl who cares nothing about submitting to the One who gave her beauty.

I know it's long, but take a minute to read this passage:

“Moreover, the Lord said, ‘Because the daughters of Zion are proud And walk with heads held high and seductive eyes, And go along with mincing steps And tinkle the bangles on their feet, Therefore the Lord will afflict the scalp of the daughters of Zion with scabs, And the Lord will make their foreheads bare." In that day the Lord will take away the beauty of their anklets, headbands, crescent ornaments, dangling earrings, bracelets, veils, headdresses, ankle chains, sashes, perfume boxes, amulets, finger rings, nose rings, festal robes, outer tunics, cloaks, money purses, hand mirrors, undergarments, turbans and veils. Now it will come about that instead of sweet perfume there will be putrefaction; Instead of a belt, a rope; Instead of well-set hair, a plucked-out scalp; Instead of fine clothes, a donning of sackcloth; And branding instead of beauty. Your men will fall by the sword And your mighty ones in battle. And her gates will lament and mourn, And deserted she will sit on the ground.’”
Isaiah 3:16-26

Wow. Can you see how vile these women are before the Lord?
God is CLEAR. He despises that haughty girl who is plastered with makeup and carries herself like a queen. He hates the arrogance of an outwardly beautiful girl who cares nothing about submitting to the One who gave her beauty.

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. 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

God makes it clear. He does not care about what you look like on the outside. At the end of this life, when you are standing before the judgement seat and He asks you why you should enter His heaven, how would this response work? “Well… I’m super hot. I know at least eighteen guys like me just in my teenage years—and those are just the ones I know! But really, have you seen eyelashes as long as mine?”
God does not care. In fact, He hates that.
Our takeaway from these verses, God hates the outward beauty of an ungodly woman and He WILL humiliate her.

 “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.”
                                                                    Proverbs 31:30

Now we see that arrogant, outward beauty is despised by God, but now we see that it is fleeting. It will not last. If the man you marry marries you for your looks, as you grow older and have children, your beauty will fade and he will look for someone else.
Our takeaway? Outward beauty—even the outward beauty of a godly woman—will not last.
There is an alternative, however. A woman who fears the Lord will be praised. Let’s explore this some more.

“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.”

                                                                      1 Peter 3:3-4

Ladies, this is it. God wants you to be beautiful. He wants you to be stunningly beautiful. And guess what? You can be drop dead gorgeous WITHOUT having perfect makeup, hair, or figure. A woman who fears the Lord will possess a gentle and quiet spirit—which is far more beautiful than anything this world can offer.
It’s a win-win situation. You’re more beautiful in the world’s eyes AND you will be beautiful in God’s eyes.
Inner beauty comes from a tranquil and peaceful spirit. A spirit that is resting in God alone for all her needs. She is so rooted in Christ, her beauty spills outward in a joyful expression of His grace.
Our takeaway is this, true beauty comes from a fear of the Lord and a gentle and quiet spirit which is beautiful before God and man.
Ladies, this is SO important. Our culture is so vain. All of our hearts are vain. But if you ask the Lord, He will humble your heart before Him.  

How do you fight the culture's overwhelming view of beauty? How do you pursue Christ? Any thoughts or stories? Share in the comments!

Anastasis Faith / Author & Editor

Anastasis is a Texas girl who enjoys writing, blogging, and music. You can connect with her here on her blog, or at morningglorypursuingjesus @yahoo.com

7 comments:

  1. This is soon true!! True beauty is a quiet and gentle spirit. I needed this encouragement; thank you!

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for commenting. :)

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  2. Even though it's such a simple and obvious principle in Scripture, I need reminder of this on a daily basis - thank you for the encouraging post!

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    1. Dani, I feel the same way! In the culture we live in, we are bombarded with an impossible standard of "perfect" beauty--when in reality this beauty is not found in Scripture. It is so, so, so hard to keep a right perspective on this.

      All of us need a daily reminder--so true. Thanks for commenting! :)

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    2. I agree! Thank you so much for your refreshing reminder!! It is far too easy to get our eyes off Christ.

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  3. It is so true that inner beauty is more rewarding than outer beauty. When I was a little girl, I wasn't exactly very pretty, whereas my sister was always praised for how cute she was. What was worse, my grandpa would always call her pretty girl and then not give me any special attention. I felt very discontent until my mom told me that inner beauty is far more valuable and that I am beautiful in the inside. What was amazing was that even when my family was traveling, there were a few times when we were traveling that some people we met would look at me and say that I seem very kind and gentle, just because they could see Jesus inside of me. I've found that that is more worth it than having to worry about my outer beauty that will someday fade. Also, I found that caring about inner beauty over outer beauty attracts the right kind of guys, the ones who care about your relationship with Jesus, instead of the guys who want to say they know the cutest girls.
    I guess I've been forgetting to focus on inner beauty than outer beauty in the last few days, especially that I'm in high school. So thank you so much for sharing that message:)

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    1. I can totally relate, Ruthanne. My younger sister is taller, vivacious, beautiful, and has a very dynamic and captivating personality. I cannot TELL you how many guys have been interested in her--far more than me. There have been times I have been frustrated by how little attention I got, especially compared to her. But you're so right that it's not just about that, and I'm not envious of her anymore because I know that my looks are not everything. That's so great to hear that people noticed the relationship that you had with Jesus. What a blessing!

      Thanks so much for sharing a piece of your heart. :)

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