Beauty ________ (fill in the blank – what comes to mind?). Beauty pageant. “Beauty and the Beast.” Beauty sleep. Most of us think first of human beauty when this word comes up. Quite normal. But consider this.
The word “beauty” appears 37 times in the Bible (English Standard Version), 35 of those in the Old Testament. More often than not, biblical references to human beauty include reminders that it doesn’t last (sorry, cosmetics people), and connects human beauty with various sins including pride, vanity and greed.
On the other hand, the Bible uses the word beauty to describe God (Psalm 27:4) and his surroundings (Psalm 96:6). God is beautiful. He is surrounded by beauty. He created beauty. Beauty is a good thing when we view it God’s way. If you’re tempted to think of yourself as less than beautiful, know that the all-beautiful God made you in his image (Gen. 1:27) and if you trust him as savior, you have a beautiful inheritance (Psalm 16:6). No wrinkles can mar that!