For myself and other women to think about….
Last week I studied Genesis 34. It is a very tragic account of a young girl being raped, held captive, and then the vengeance that her brothers took out upon the man who acted so vile, but also upon the whole city in which he lived.
As I thought upon this passage this week, I kept coming back to the very first verse and felt the Holy Spirit tuning my heart in to what He was saying.
” Now Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne to Jacob, went out to see the women of the land.” (Italics mine)
I am very prone to wander in my focus on what God has planned for me. I get pulled towards comparing myself to other women. Women who mostly do not know the Lord Jesus and whom live their lives trying to gain the approval of others. They set the standards for appearance, weight, makeup, fashion, character, and relationships. They seem to have quite the following even among those of us who do belong to Christ.
I am bothered often by the reality of my flesh being pulled to imitate these women who in all reality are empty.
The story of Dinah gave the Lord such a clear opportunity to speak some truths into my life.
#1. What I am looking at, I will go after.
#2. When I leave the safety of my Father’s ways, I leave myself open to the violation of the enemy.
#3. I can always return to my Father and He will restore me unto Himself.
We do not know how Dinah lived out the rest of her life. We do not know if she ever received the healing she so needed to receive. But I learned a powerful lesson with this passage… I want to focus on what the Lord has for me, not what the world and the prince of it, have to offer.
1 Peter 3:2… when they see your respectful and pure conduct. 3 Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— 4 but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.