Thursday, October 20th, 2016
Suffering (Part 24)
Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful.
Genesis 29:17 (NIV)
Imagine being the homely sister of an exceptional, world-class beauty. And to make the situation harder, what if you were older, but still unwed? What if you were supposed to marry first? Because in Bible days, customs mattered, and your absence of suitors hurt her, too.
Such was the case of Leah and Rachel.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: To feel unattractive is painful, because the desire to find a mate seems to be part of our DNA. Maybe not for specific heroes given above and beyond callings, like Jesus, Paul and other key stars. But surely for most of earth's people (especially women), looks matter.
Therefore, consider some striking points:
1) To God, His people are beautiful. Those who are worn, maimed, stretched or shrunken are seen in their ultimate design. If we can see ourselves like God does, we will transform to that image.*
2) Physical beauty in the world's eyes serves God's plan in drawing attention. Beautiful behavior must follow--or the gift will be used by Satan. Hiding your looks isn't right either, because beauty brings obligation.**
3) Although Leah wasn't as stunning in the first impressions department, she received God's enduring favor. Her interior beauty surfaced. She was not only a fruitful wife, but is part of the bloodline of Christ.
To Be Continued...
* Hating how we look is not only non-profitable, it can be deadly. We are insulting God's design and the temple He has given us. Appreciation and love are ideal beginnings for any physical transformation. 'But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord' (2 Corinthians 3:18).
** The Parable of the Talents reveals their purpose and our responsibility in God's plan. Please consider it from the point of view of the entertainment industry as well. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+25%3A14-30&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Suffering series.