Monday, October 10, 2011

Youth, Beauty and Intelligence

Coming back to Daniel chapter 1 we see King Nebuchadnezzar taking the holy things from the temple of God and taking them into captivity to Babylon. Even though God gave His people into the hands of King Neb. (hope you don't mind the abbreviation) it still had to have hurt to see the holy things not only stolen but put into the pagan gods sanctuaries. I can't even imagine how that had to have felt. The lack of respect for all things holy.

So first they cart off the holy things for a pagan temple but then they chose young men who had it all, they were good looking, they didn't have a pimple on their face, they were young and they were smart. Just like our culture today. I remember years ago reading one of Dr. Dobsons books and he told about the time their daughter Janay had taken a terrible spill and scraped up her pretty little face. He took her the day after to the grocery store with him like he had done the past year of her life. Before the accident everyone would talk to the sweet and pretty little baby girl but not now. Not when her face was all scraped up, bloody and filled with bruises. People didn't talk to her anymore, in fact they looked away. It was then they he knew we are such a surface society. We want the pretty people, the youthful and the smart.

Our culture puts a very high price on these three things. Aren't most of us trying to erase any signs that we are getting older? Famous people on T.V. get botox, facelifts, etc. to look younger. They get nose jobs, boob jobs and wrinkle elimination jobs just to fight the aging process. Do we try and do the same thing? Have you ever seen a 70 year old woman who dresses like a 25 year old, caked in make up and the like so she can pretend she is 25 and not 70? It is not a pretty picture.

Our culture, our Babylon lie to us every day on what makes a person beautiful, or successful or smart. We all have a choice to make. We can either embrace the society norms or we can resolve to value things that God does. In Daniel chapter 1 verse 8 Daniel says that he resolved to not defile himself with the kings food, or with the wine that he drank. That was a huge risk Daniel chose to take. He and his 3 buddies were the only ones who had been taken captive that resolved to not defile themselves. Where was everyone else? Why just the 4 of them? They chose to stand together against all odds. Will talk about that next time.

In Christ Alone,

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the ground each morning Satan says, "Oh crud, she's up".

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