Sunday, May 5th, 2013
Carved Images (Part 2)
We Are Beautiful
You are altogether beautiful, my darling, and there is no blemish in you.
Song of Solomon 4:7 (NAS)
Your hands have made me and fashioned me, an intricate unity.
Job 10:8 (NKJV)
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.
Psalm 149:14 (NKJV)
Satan is a liar. He is the 'Father of lies' (John 8:44). Therefore, he is the most experienced liar in the world. Satan is a destroyer. 'The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy' (John 10:10). Therefore, he is the most experienced destroyer in the world. How does his destruction begin?
Lies. He's the con man. He's the media king. He's the author of confusion. He mixes a bit of truth with a lot of lies. He tried it with Jesus:
'The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' ' (Matthew 11:19). Satan's insinuation? Jesus, the only sinless Man, lived a sinful life: a famous lie based on incomplete truth.
Satan's lies continue today. One of his biggest scams is about our appearance; he takes the image God made for us and curses it. He steals our health. He kills our confidence. He destroys us with comparisons to phony stars:
'You don't measure up. You're ugly. Your nose is too big. Your lips are too thin. Your chin is too weak. Your chest is too small. Your stomach is too fat. Your skin is too dark. Your hair is too brown, too straight, too curly or too grey. You're wrinkled, dimpled, spotted and flawed.'
These lies hit hard. They knock us around and send us running for cover--or help. In seeking remedy, we seek everyone but God. We forget His Vision of us, which is the perfect truth: 'It is impossible for God to lie' (Hebrews 6:18).
How does God see us? Beautiful! He loves every single inch of us. Every hair. He sees us as one-of-a-kind and amazingly attractive. He sees us without blemish. As for the temporary imperfections we allow, encourage or endure: 'The Lord will perfect that which concerns' us (Psalm 138:8).
How do we get perfected? Through the power of His Spirit: 'But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same Image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord' (2 Corinthians 3:18).
In other words, if we have freckles, frizzy hair or a birth mark on our chin, God loves it! It's His gift to us. If we've fallen away from the shape He intended by bad habits, His Spirit will be our Coach and Agent of Renewal.
King David said, 'Your hands have made me and fashioned me; Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments' (Psalm 119:73).
Here's an important commandment: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself' (Matthew 22:39). Please note the last two words: 'As yourself.' We are commanded to love not just others, but ourselves as well--including the unique image God gave us.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Carved Images series.