Monday, December 15, 2014

Devotion on Genesis 6 - Daughters of Men

What makes a woman beautiful?

We might say that some certain features of a woman's physical body make her beautiful, or that a woman's personality and charm make her beautiful. But what if a woman doesn't have these physical or personal attributes?

In Genesis 6:2-3, the Bible says that the sons of God (historically understood to be angels) saw that the daughters of men were beautiful and married them.

What I find interesting here is that the Bible doesn't say that the angels saw that some of the daughters of men were beautiful, or that a few of them were beautiful. No, it makes a blanket statement implying that all of the daughters of men were beautiful.

I have my own particular ideas of what female beauty is, ideas that the next man might very well contradict with his own taste in women. One culture values certain aspects of womanhood while another may value the very opposite qualities.

But the angels, and God, have a much fuller understanding of beauty. To them, all the daughters of men are beautiful. God and the angels appreciate all of the variety in women's looks and personalities. They see and admire all that a woman is, much more than men or even the women themselves do.

Women, the next time you doubt your own beauty, ask yourself how God and the angels see you. And men, remember that womanly beauty is much broader than your own preferences.

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