Beauty and the Beast

It is an undeniable fact that though we may portray beauty, there is also a dark side to everyone that in one time of the other has unleashed the beast in us. I don’t mean to exaggerate, but it’s the truth…we can act crazy sometimes. If you don’t believe me, just ask your spouse or kids in regards to the last time you exploded or your pride led you react foolishly. When I read a verse in the book of Daniel, it made me ponder on how that incident applied to my everyday life.

Daniel 4:32 You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like cattle. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes.

Many, especially women, are so good at building an image. Sometimes it’s an image that does not exist but in our imaginations. One works hard to keep up with the latest fashion and beauty trends…from liquid to powder to mineral makeup…from wired to wonder to water bras…from flared to fitted to skinny jeans, and the list goes on. Then, there are those who are the sweetest people with everyone in public, but are totally the opposite at home. I knew someone the opposite to this. She was sweet when her husband was around, but when he was not, she was pompous, and always had something to say about others. If her husband or that third person was there in front of her, I assure you that she would not be that way because it would ruin her image; she had a position in the public eye.

Pride, which is basically telling God that one’s ways are better than Him (“I am most sovereign not You, God!”), will always lead us astray. King Nebuchadnezzar was driven away from his people to live like a wild animal. A beast. What does that mean metaphorically? Well, think about a wild animal. They are in a state of lawlessness, without order, and have lost their capacity (physical sense) to interact in a peaceful productive manner with what is acceptable. When you and I reject God’s sovereign will, we are at risk of falling in such state where sin may lead us to places of godlessness, and it paints not a pretty picture. Think that a beast, an animal, may be dominated after it’s broken down. When we let pride lead us to those desolated places, we are at risk of being dominated by our own sinful nature. God despises sin because it takes away one of our most godly characteristics: free will. King Nebuchadnezzar thought God’s word was old and that it could not impact his today or tomorrow. He was wrong, and so am I when I read His word and think that it cannot apply to me. King Neb’s life was restored, but only when he acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men [over all that matters].

What in your life today needs to change so that it recognizes that the Most High is sovereign in every area of your life?


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Simply Me
    Oct 23, 2008 @ 16:12:52

    Great blog! There are many things in my personal life to be changed for God to roam freely in my life. Pride, like you said, is one of my biggest factors. When you know you need to be broken in order for God to restore you, it is time to take action. I hope everyone who reads this may realize that we all need to be broken vessels first to allow God to reign fully in our lives. Thanks for the great word, God bless you!


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