The Lord also says: Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, walking with heads held high and seductive eyes, going along with prancing steps, jingling their ankle bracelets, the Lord will put scabs on the heads of the daughters of Zion, and the Lord will shave their foreheads bare. On that day the Lord will strip their finery: ankle bracelets, headbands, crescents, pendants, bracelets, veils, headdresses, ankle jewelry, sashes, perfume bottles, amulets, signet rings, nose rings, festive robes, capes, cloaks, purses, garments, linen clothes, turbans, and veils. Instead of perfume there will be a stench; instead of a belt, a rope; instead of beautifully styled hair, baldness; instead of fine clothes, sackcloth; instead of beauty, branding. Your men will fall by the sword, your warriors in battle. Then her gates will lament and mourn; deserted, she will sit on the ground. On that day seven women will seize one man, saying, “We will eat our own bread and provide our own clothing. Just let us be called by your name. Take away our disgrace.” Isaiah 3:16-4:1 (HCSB)
The Bible is so male-focused sometimes women can feel neglected or feel like innocent bystanders in a wicked world. However, the Lord takes ample opportunity to direct his words of encouragement and warning to women too. This is one of those passages.
Whether female or male, the question is this: Did the Creator make a mistake when he created you? In this passage the focus is on the female, but guys, you are not excluded from the message either.
Did we arrive ion this world with all the buttons and bows we fuss over and adorn ourselves with to appear more appealing, more attractive? Was it God’s intention for us to adorn ourselves to improve the way God created us? Though this can apply to men too, the focus is on the women. Why do women spend so much time and energy to re-create their image ?
Is the beauty of the woman determined by finding the right application of rogue, eyeliner, and blush? Why spend more time fixing the condition and color of our hair than the condition and color of our heart and soul? For what greater purpose does all the “fuss and muss” serve? Is all the effort and expense to please God or the opposite sex? Which provides the most security in life?
Since the earliest days, it is recorded that women of ancient Egyptian and the Sumerian cultures adorned themselves and painted their faces. With the magnitude of the fashion and makeup industry in the world today are we to conclude that God intended for women to go through all the fuss of the buttons and bows to attract the man of their desires?
However, what does God say? If our vanity is based upon outer beauty have we abandoned our relationship to God, our Creator? Why not put the same effort to seeking to living a lifestyle appealing to God’s will, ways, and wisdom ?
Is it wrong to care about how we look? Of course not. God challenges us to consider why we do what we do? At the end of the day, can we stand comfortable before our spouse and God as we were created and feel good about ourselves? Will the beauty and condition of our hearts and souls outshine all the “fuss and muss” of the buttons and bows? God blesses a union between a man and a woman when the attraction is on hearts and souls, not external buttons and bows.