Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
Wasted Beauty
As a ring of gold in a swine's snout, so is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion.
Proverbs 11:22 (NAS)
In a world that cherishes beauty, who wants to look like a ring of gold in a pig's snout?

Undeniably, beauty provides an advantage for performers. Aspiring and aging stars shop for beauty in cosmetic aisles, beauty salons, dressing rooms, and surgical suites.

But God says without discretion, beauty is wasted. To Him, worldly behavior from a beautiful woman makes her look like a dressed up pig.

So, what is discretion and how do we get it? The dictionary defines 'discretion' it as 'separation, distinction--especially with reference to one's own actions or speech.'

God 'separated' us from all the peoples of the earth to be His inheritance. (see 1 Kings 8:53); furthermore, He adorns certain of His children with extra beauty for a distinctive reason. For example...

Sarah is described as 'A woman of beautiful countenance' (Genesis 12:11), and 'Joseph was handsome in form and appearance' (Genesis 39:6). Young David was 'Ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking' (1 Samuel 16:12). Esther 'Was lovely and beautiful' (Esther 2:7).

These handsome heroes rose to favor in kings' courts. Once there, their behavior distinguished them further, and God's purposes were served in every case.

Beauty is wasted when its receivers lack discretion--when their behaviors dishonor the Lord who gave them their appearance for a holy purpose.

If you're an entertainer gifted with beauty and you rise to favor among the kings of Hollywood or New York, you are there for a reason. Your words and actions must reflect your true King.

Only then is beauty not wasted.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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