Thursday, May 1st, 2014
Beautiful! Like Esther (Part 4)
The Abuse Of Beauty
'You were exceedingly beautiful, and succeeded to royalty. Your fame went out among the nations because of your beauty, for it was perfect through My splendor which I had bestowed on you,' says the Lord God. 'But you trusted in your own beauty, played the harlot because of your fame, and poured out your harlotry on everyone passing by who would have it.'
Ezekiel 16:13-15 (NKJV)
You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God... Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground...
Ezekiel 28:12-13,17 (NKJV)
As a ring of gold in a swine's snout, so is a lovely woman who lacks discretion.
Proverbs 11:22 (NKJV)
Do not lust after her beauty in your heart, nor let her allure you with her eyelids.
Proverbs 6:25 (NKJV)
The abuse of beauty began with Satan. From the contemplation of his own perfection, pride grew. The sin of pride invited a secondary infection: jealousy. How could God's first love be turned to His new creation, man? Why should powerful angels serve Him by serving them--surely an inferior species?
Satan's thoughts were contagious--causing a mutiny in Heaven. One third of God's angels rebelled to follow their new leader. To their tainted minds, Satan knew better than God. 'Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark' (James 3:5). Jealousy added fuel to the flame.
Similarly, mankind's quest for beauty is fanned by its abuse. The beauty bug dominates entertainment. Carried on the wings of a serpent called media, its bite has infected the world. Without realizing the cause or the carrier, persuaded people worship lovely idols. Consequently, they spend billions of dollars in attempts to share in their power.
Because beauty has power. British historian, Lord Acton, warned: 'Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.' Satan proved it.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: For such a time as this, God has put a saddle on the back of the serpent. Much to Satan's chagrin, he now carries you into media. What the enemy intended for evil, 'God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive' (Genesis 50:20).
So ride high and get the world's attention. Then kneel low and give it away. Your beauty is not yours, but His. Its gain is not yours, but theirs--as in your admirers. People will be awed by your humility. In it, they will see not the face of pride, but the Face of a King.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Beautiful Like Esther series.