Before he had finished speaking, there was Rebekah – daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah, the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor – coming with a jug on her shoulder. Now the girl was very beautiful, a young woman who had not known a man intimately. She went down to the spring, filled her jug, and came up. Genesis 24:15-16 HCSB
There is a lot of pressure on both men and women to look their best. A survey conducted by YouGov and the Huffington Post revealed that 25% of men and 21% of women take longer than 30 minutes to get ready each morning. To go out at night, 42% of women take longer than 30 minutes to get ready. Women spend a pretty penny on make-up products. Statista reports that the cosmetics industry brings in over $55 billion annually. The average woman in the United States will spend approximately $15,000 on cosmetics during her lifetime.
We place a lot of emphasis on outward beauty, but God is more concerned with our inner beauty. The Scripture records that Rebekah was very beautiful and that she had not known a man intimately. Eliezer was more concerned with her inner beauty of patience, kindness, and joy than her outward appearance. People with such inner beauty qualities are really beautiful people – on the inside.
Challenge: When God looks at your inner beauty what does He see? Are you too concerned with your outward appearance? Focus on being a person with inner beauty and people will see you as being a beautiful person.