Your Beauty/Handsomness Made Complete

One of the great things about reading my Bible is that I get to learn new things, even in verses I’ve read several times before. Ezekiel 16 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. It is an allegory–a story that represents something in reality–of God and Israel, but it can also apply to us today. In this allegory, the story is told of an abandoned girl who no one loves. God came through, cleaned her up, dressed her in pretty clothes, put jewelry on her, and gave her good food to eat. She became the most beautiful woman in the world.

Now catch this,

And your fame spread among the nations because of the splendor I had given you made your beauty perfect, declares the Sovereign LORD.” Ezekiel 16:14

This time when I went over that verse, I caught something. He said that the splendor I had given you made your beauty perfect (“perfect” here can mean “complete”). It wasn’t the stuff that made her beautiful–it only completed her beauty. In other words, the clothes and things enhanced her beauty. Though nobody thought she was worth anything . . . nobody cared about her . . . God saw her beauty, and His enhancements made everyone else recognize it.

So what does this mean for you? It doesn’t matter if your tall or short, big or small. It doesn’t matter if you have crooked teeth or a big nose. God sees your beauty/handsomeness and will give you love, mercy, peace, etc. so that others will see your beauty too.

But there’s another level to it. All the make-up, expensive sports shoes, clothes, glasses, braces, jewelry, haircuts, diets, and anything else you do or get to fit in aren’t what makes you handsome or beautiful, nor do they make you ugly. There is nothing wrong with those things (sometimes they are even necessary for your health), but they can only enhance who you are. Don’t trust in them because they don’t last.

And know that you are fine all on your own.

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