Wednesday – Beauty and Health Bring Happiness
Read: 2 Corinthians 4:16-18; Proverbs 31:30; Psalm 39:4
SOAP: 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self[a] is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.- 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
On average, an American woman spends $313 per month on her appearance. However, this high price of vanity does not guarantee happiness. Proverbs 31:30 tells us that our beauty fades. We cannot trust in it to bring us everlasting joy.
The Lord desires for us to look to Him to understand our true beauty and value. Even though our physical beauty may fade over time, our faith can increase. Our aim should not be for physical perfection, but rather to become more like Christ.
Do you feel you spend more time on your physical appearance or your spiritual development?
Father God, thank You for how You continue to teach me Your truth and Your ways. Help me to not become consumed with my outward appearance, but rather help me concern myself with matters of Your kingdom. Help me learn from Jesus’ example. In Jesus’ name, Amen.