We aren’t good enough…or are we?

This is the first of many posts inspired from The One Year Women of the Bible book.

Today’s scripture reading is Esther 2:1-14 (NASB)
Vashti’s Successor Sought

 1After these things when the anger of King Ahasuerus had subsided, he remembered Vashti and what she had done and what had been decreed against her.

 2Then the king’s attendants, who served him, said, “Let beautiful young virgins be sought for the king.

  3“Let the king appoint overseers in all the provinces of his kingdom that they may gather every beautiful young virgin to the citadel of Susa, to the harem, into the custody of Hegai, the king’s eunuch, who is in charge of the women; and let their cosmetics be given them.

  4“Then let the young lady who pleases the king be queen in place of Vashti.” And the matter pleased the king, and he did accordingly.

  5Now there was at the citadel in Susa a Jew whose name was Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite,

  6(H)who had been taken into exile from Jerusalem with the captives who had been exiled with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had exiled.

  7He was bringing up Hadassah, that is Esther, his uncle’s daughter, for she had no father or mother. Now the young lady was beautiful of form and face, and when her father and her mother died, Mordecai took her as his own daughter.

Esther Finds Favor

  8So it came about when the command and decree of the king were heard and many young ladies were gathered to the citadel of Susa into the custody of Hegai, that Esther was taken to the king’s palace into the custody of Hegai, who was in charge of the women.

  9Now the young lady pleased him and found favor with him. So he quickly provided her with her cosmetics and food, gave her seven choice maids from the king’s palace and transferred her and her maids to the best place in the harem.

  10Esther did not make known her people or her kindred, for Mordecai had instructed her that she should not make them known.

  11Every day Mordecai walked back and forth in front of the court of the harem to learn how Esther was and how she fared.

  12Now when the turn of each young lady came to go in to King Ahasuerus, after the end of her twelve months under the regulations for the women–for the days of their beautification were completed as follows: six months with oil of myrrh and six months with spices and the cosmetics for women–

  13the young lady would go in to the king in this way: anything that she desired was given her to take with her from the harem to the king’s palace.

  14In the evening she would go in and in the morning she would return to the second harem, to the custody of Shaashgaz, the king’s eunuch who was in charge of the concubines. She would not again go in to the king unless the king delighted in her and she was summoned by name.

This scripture is the perfect example of how women are viewed these days. Society puts pressure on women to look ‘perfect’. What is perfect? Perfect to who? Man? If we are living by God’s word then we shouldn’t feel like we need to please man’s eyes. Yes, we should keep our bodies healthy because they are a gift from God, but why do people feel like they need plastic surgery to make themselves more beautiful? (I’m talking about voluntary PS, not necessary PS) Of  course I’m a hypocrite in saying this as I had a nose job when I was 17. I hated my nose, I thought it was big and other people in school thought so too and I wanted to change it. Looking back now, I should have left it. I was succumbing to other people’s expectations of how I should look instead of being happy with the gift God gave me.
We ARE good enough the way we are. God gave us these bodies. Let’s take care of them. Let’s push aside society’s ‘standard’ and go by God’s standard.
I leave you with a scripture:

Proverbs 31:30

Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD, 
she shall be praised.

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