DayBreaks for 6/13/14 – The Dangerous Deception
NOTE: This week’s DayBreaks are from the archives of June, 2004.
Romans 12:17 (NLT) – Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable.
“For two years, 38-year-old Jian Feng had the luxury of a beautiful woman at his side. Everything was going perfectly fine until the couple decided to have a baby. Apparently, his wife gave birth to a baby girl so ugly that Feng was ‘horrified’ at the sight of her. Feng immediately assumed that his trophy wife had been cheating on him with any ugly fellow. Quick to defend her daughter, his wife admitted to having $127,000 worth of plastic surgery in South Korea before they had met. She then produced a picture of how she used to took and let him have a look. Well, this set Feng over the edge and not only did he waste no time filing for divorce, but he also sued her for deceit. He managed to get $99,700 out of the whole deal.” – Bizarre News
Ah, what an example of the concept of “appearances are deceiving”. It seems like a strange coincidence that I got this news article the day after listening to a talk show where they were describing this very thing. This may be the most extreme example I’ve heard of, but in this day and age of liposuction and plastic surgery, numerous folks have thought they were marrying someone beautiful (at least on the outside), and when they find out that genetically they weren’t “beautiful” to start with – they’ve filed suits and even divorced.
It’s sad – the emphasis on what is seen. It has caused trouble from the garden of Eden onward. The fruit was “pleasing to the eye”. And we’ve been after good looking things ever since.
FIRST: the desire to be beautiful seems to be largely limited to externals. There seems to be virtually no limit to how much some people will spend to make themselves physically beautiful. It makes me wonder why people complain so much about spending some of their hard earned money on counseling, marriage seminars, or other things intended to make us better people from the inside out.
SECOND: ultimately, you can’t spend enough money to become a beautiful person, because you can’t buy godliness and holiness. The worthy woman of Proverbs wasn’t admired for her beauty, but because of her character. Husbands – what is it that drives you? Your wife’s looks, or her holiness/Christlike demeanor? Perhaps we Christian husbands have put too much emphasis on the physical, too.
THIRD: we are so easily deceived. A little plastic surgery fooled Jian Feng, but it takes only a word or two from Satan or one of his servants to lead us down the rabbit-trail towards sin. And then, when we learn the truth – that what we thought we desired above all else didn’t really make us happy and instead of being beautiful it was ugly and sordid – we react bitterly and angrily.
FINALLY: it seems to me that Mr. Feng needed plastic surgery of the soul. But then again, don’t we all? Mrs. Feng had tried to hide what happened to make her “beautiful”. If she’d told her husband up front, this tragedy might have been avoided. How much are you and I hiding what the Spirit has and is doing in us? Why do we hide it? We should provide things honest in the sight of all men – including what we have been, and who we now are and who we are becoming, through the work of the indwelling Spirit. Honesty really is the best policy.
PRAYER: Father, help us seek, and find, the beauty that delights Your soul. In Your name, Amen.
Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple
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