Undeniably, beauty and handsomeness wield considerable influence, evoking both affection and antipathy. When beauty is managed with tact and preserved judiciously, it can bestow numerous rewards, impacting interactions with others. The adage “use what you have to gain what you want” has become a common refrain among young individuals, particularly among women. It suggests that if one possesses physical allure, it should be harnessed to attain prosperity. Regrettably, this sentiment is often misconstrued as an endorsement of unsavoury activities like prostitution.
Yet, beneath every appearance of beauty lies a concealed purpose, bestowed by God, with the intention of glorifying Him, enhancing a nation, enriching a family, or elevating an individual. It is crucial to differentiate this divine purpose from indulgence in fornication or other societal transgressions. Beauty is accompanied by a unique favour, extended selectively and not universally. It serves as an opportunity to demonstrate the latent qualities and purposes that can eventually render one deserving of such distinctive favour.
In each person’s life, there comes a stage where their appearance grants them privileges and openings that ameliorate or resolve situations. For some, beauty rescues them during infancy, while for others, it occurs during adolescence, youth, or even old age. However, it’s important to acknowledge that everyone possesses their own brand of beauty, with some radiating an exceptionally captivating aura. Yet, the most potent adversary of beauty is arrogance and pride, attributes that must be discarded without hesitation.
The Holy Bible narrates the tale of Moses, who, from the moment he entered the world, captivated every gaze with his handsomeness. His own mother risked her life to defy the decree of King Pharaoh, who had commanded the death of all male Jewish infants. The king’s own daughter was so struck by Moses’ charm that she, too, defied her father’s order. Thus, Moses found himself in the palace, where the king resided. In a remarkable twist, the king himself couldn’t enforce his own decree upon seeing Moses, allowing him to become the sole Jewish boy spared at that time (Exodus 2). This infantile escape from death on account of his attractiveness allowed Moses to be raised under the enemy’s roof without competition, destined to liberate the Israelites from captivity in the future. This serves as a compelling testament that human decisions cannot thwart God’s plans and purposes, so long as the chosen vessel remains obedient to the Creator.
As Moses reappeared in the palace as a grown man, his mission was to rescue the Israelites from captivity. However, the magnetic appeal of his appearance held no sway this time. The youthful and vigorous Absalom, adorned with remarkable handsomeness, was poised to ascend his father King David’s throne. Yet, his haughty demeanour and pride precipitated his downfall, tragically ending his life before the throne could be his. This leads me to contend strongly that a purpose underlies every manifestation of beauty, one that must not be hijacked by prostitution, theft, or other societal ills.
Written by Oheneba Nyarko (PIWC-Kaneshie)