Thirsty Thursday: Glory and Beauty

As Hunny and I are reading through the Bible, we got to the part where God tells Moses what the priests are meant to wear.  It might sound tedious and boring to those who could care less what covers their bodies from day to day, but something stood out to me:

You shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty. Exodus 28:2 (emphasis mine)

For Aaron’s sons you shall make tunics; you shall also make sashes for them; and you shall make caps for them, for glory and for beauty. Exodus 28:40 (emphasis mine)

God wanted the priests clothing to bring reverence and adoration to Him and to be pleasing to the eye.  I think your average Christian would be appalled to read that the Lord of Lords (1 Timothy 6:15) cares about something like beauty.  To the average person, beauty is a trivial, superficial thing.  It is not something that we think the Most High God (Genesis 14:22) should care about, but He does.  Beauty was second to praise.

This really intrigued me, so I looked up the definition of beauty.  The second definition for beauty as a noun came up as:

A combination of qualities that pleases the intellect or moral sense

Beauty isn’t frivolous.  Beauty isn’t shallow.  Beauty points to God.  Things that are beautiful reveal His Presence, His Majesty.  The fact that there is beauty in the world at all gives us a glimpse of Him.  He is unveiling Himself to us through beauty, and we aren’t even paying attention.

As Christians, God uses our lives for His glory and for beauty.  What is more beautiful than a loving couple having a baby?  Or a friend listening to your problem?  Or crying over the loss of a loved one with someone?  Or two people laughing at nothing in particular?  Our triumphs and our defeats point to God (at least, that is what they are meant to do).  I try to give God glory for everything in my life, but I haven’t been enjoying the beauty of life like I should.  Beauty is what I am missing.  Not because it doesn’t surround me, but because I choose not to see it.


Join with me in resting in the beauty of God’s presence in everything today and always.

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