DEVOTIONAL: You Can’t Dress Up The Heart With Pearls & Lipstick~Vanity of Vanity

Proverbs 31;30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.

1 Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

The Lord is daily merciful in providing topics for the devotionals. Whenever any of these make any sense whatsoever, know that it is through God’s power alone and to Him be all the glory!

Yesterday we went through some Scripture about vanity in regard to striving in this earthly life after things incapable of offering genuine satisfaction, things never fully accomplished. It is only through Jesus Christ and the salvation only He can offer, can our hope be eternally realized. Faith in Christ is all we have, not leaving us wanting for anything else. There IS NO MORE! He is Everything!

Okay, today, listening to some wonderful friends of mine (who, in the interest of my well-being shall remain nameless), I learned that I am not the only one with vanity issues! A discussion broke out about vanity being a form of bondage and I totally agree, although I never saw it like that before then.

Some ladies just cannot stand going without makeup and feel undone without it. I have some friends who, like the wonderful Southern belles they are, I never remember seeing without lipstick! I rarely wear make-up and if and when I do, it is a little blush in the dead of winter, lipstick and a little eye shadow with liner. To me, that is stepping out; while others dress up like Miss America just to get groceries! You’d think, staying home much of the time, I would take every opportunity to get dressed up, but it usually falls in a lower priority to me at this point in life.

That being said, I certainly am not taking myself out of the “vain” category! Some of you have known me for years and how many times have you seen me wear glasses? Exactly, I have had prescription glasses for years. These are not just for reading but driving and living in general. At night, when no one can see me and I am driving somewhere, yes, I wear them, but not until it is absolutely necessary!

With our insurance, every two years we are allowed two pair, I believe, so I go and only get one (knowing I won’t even wear those very often). I look in the mirror at the office and find a frame I think looks the least hideous on me for the least amount of deductible (why pay for something I do not intend on using). Yes, I have considered that I might wear a high quality, more expensive frame, but I have been there, it did not make a difference on my attitude whatsoever!

So why do we allow ourselves to get bound up in things like clothing, makeup, stubbornness and refusal to wear glasses because they do not look right? Why the bejeweled cell phones, ridiculously priced purses and a closet full of shoes to match each outfit? It seems that there are nearly as many tanning places, 24 hour gyms and hair salons as coffee houses. Why are there clear braces for adult clients who do not want the stigma of looking like a teenager?

Is there anything wrong with being trendy, stylish or just generally composed, I suppose not, that is between you and the Lord, I am not here to judge! Regarding vanity, I do believe the Scripture is quite clear on the matter. That is for you work out with no help from me, just saying! I’ve got my own issues to deal with, plus, I am in no position nor hold authority to convict!

Even toys for goodness’ sake, are made to encourage vanity! Dolls have unrealistic figures; large-breasts, tiny waists, (some wear) provocative clothing and made-up perfect, plastic faces. What as a society are we encouraging?

Good news…About time, right?? Through the blood of Jesus Christ, the bonds threatening to hold us can be broken. The One, Jesus Christ, Who conquered death is more than capable of snapping those chains of bondage! He can set us free and as His Word tells us, when we are free in Him, we are free INDEED!

PRAYER
Almighty Merciful Lord
We come before You today
Confessing our vanities

We ask to be released from the hold any of these things have on us
We claim through the power of Your blood, freedom
And give You praise that You have released us from whatever threatens to lay claim to us

Father God
Through Christ, we have inner beauty
And that, O God, will reflect through us
In a way nothing else could

Our beauty is shown from the inside out
So curled hair or lipstick or dangling earrings
Attempts to mimic a sweet spirit, yet fails
But O God, how a gentle and godly heart can translate into such beauty!

Please guard our hearts against a world, an enemy so subtle
Wanting to deceive us
Manipulating us from an early age
Into thinking we are incomplete without adornment

Let us see the unique glory in the crown we wear as Your princess
Your darling daughters
Our identity
Who we are
What we are
Is in Who and what You have determined

As someone You have made worthy to call
A child of the King
A lovely daughter of the Most High

What could make us any more confident than that!

In the Name of Jesus
Amen

Songs:
“From the Inside Out”

“All To Jesus I Surrender”

video: “The Ugliest Girl In The World”

“Dove Real Beauty Sketches”

credits: FATHER, JESUS, HOLY SPIRIT, SCRIPTURE
biblehub, google openbible.com, youtube
Encouraging words from friends and family
Anonymous friend(s) (you know who you are) who helped with today’s topic!

About voicevessel bwc

First, and most importantly, I love Jesus Christ and I trust in Him as my Lord and Savior. I was raised in a Christian home by a godly dad and mom (who planned and had me in July before turning 42 in August), and 5 older siblings. My father passed away when I was 7 and my mother (who went to be with the Lord in 2005 at 81) never remarried. As a child, I was bullied at school, so I did not have many friends. I didn't want to tell my mom this because I knew she had enough worry being a widow at 50. I know what it is like to be lonely. As an adult, God showed me the value of His Friendship and has blessed me, too, with rich relationships with dear friends who also love the Lord. My husband and I (married 31 years as of 2020), have three wonderful, adult children and son-in-law as well as three darling grandchildren. Along with many others, my husband lost his job, but we refuse to be fearful or angry. The Lord has provided for us and we are so thankful for the opportunity to express gratitude through personal contact and occasional memories I share through writing. I believe the Lord has given me a venue to engage with others and a means to share His Word. Thank you for checking out my page. I hope you enjoy what you read. If there is anything positive or insightful in the devotionals (NOT CALLING MY WRITING "INSPIRED" by any means!), I give all credit and glory to Jesus Christ! On the other side of that, when something makes no sense, that's all me
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