The descriptive word "beautiful" is used for an array of applications. We use it for things – "what a beautiful house", or "that's one beautiful car!" It's frequently used to describe a person – "she is so beautiful!" And who hasn't commented on a beautiful sunset or other scene of nature. In Ecclesiastes 3:11 we read "He hath made everything beautiful in his time." Surely God's creation merits that description and much more.
Today we will consider two additional uses for the concept of beauty. It's not uncommon to speak of someone's beautiful hair, beautiful smile, or beautiful eyes, but have you ever thought of feet as beautiful? Isaiah 52:7 reads "How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace." In Romans 10:15 Paul quotes this text in making a point for the need of those willing to get out and share the gospel. Note that the beauty is based on what those feet accomplish rather than their appearance.
"Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness" Psalm 29:2. A few weeks ago we considered a similar verse when looking at the subject of worship, but we will focus on the "beauty of holiness." Here beauty is used to describe a concept, a state of being. Holiness, or sanctity, is a complete consecration or surrender of the life to Christ, and where there is a Christ like life, there is beauty.
Do you see the relationship between the beautiful feet and the beauty of holiness? Neither has to do with physical features but rather with choices of life focus – commitment to the Lord. Whether one is seen as physically beautiful or not, there is a far more meaningful beauty available to all which even includes beautiful feet! Are you ready to consecrate all, everything that touches your life, to Jesus?