O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God--through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Most women desire to be attractive. Maybe it's built into our DNA. But the love of God must be much stronger. Because without Him husbanding our lives, we can be tossed like worn-out Barbie dolls--no matter how great we looked in the store.
Most men desire to be strong providers. Maybe it's part of their DNA, too. But their power and plenty can't match God's. Because without submitting to His Will, they're like tiny soldiers on a chess board--controlled by forces they don't understand.
Yet even saints can take cues from the world, forget about how the Lord treasures them, and look at themselves through Satan's lenses. Instead of appreciating God's work, their self-reflections are dark and twisted. What they see is a lie and not the truth.*
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Five of the best-known Bible heroes hated themselves and wanted to die.** They felt pain, despair and loneliness. They felt burned out and inadequate.
If you've been similarly depressed, hold on... because help is on the way. God will transform your circumstances, as surely as night will become day.
Here's the thing: You're beautiful to God.*** One more thing: You're powerful through God. If Satan whispers anything else or hands you a distorted mirror, deny his lies and shatter the glass. Brush the shards from your shoes and move on.
To Be Continued...
* 'You are altogether beautiful, my darling, and there is no blemish in you' (Song of Solomon 4:7).
* 'I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made' (Psalm 139:14).
* 'God created man in His Own Image, in the Image of God He created him; male and female He created them' (Genesis 1:27).
* 'For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works' (Ephesians 2:10).
** Five Bible heroes who said they wanted to die are Moses, Elijah, Job, Jonah and Jeremiah (articles and references below).
** Article: God Please Kill Me Now/I Wish I Was Never Born/Do You Ever Feel Like Dying? http://www.revelation.co/2011/07/16/god-please-kill-me-now-i-wish-i-was-never-born-do-you-ever-feel-like-dying/
** Article: Feeling Like Failures, Elijah, Moses, Job and Jeremiah Wanted to Die: http://www.jaynac.com/feeling-like-failures-elijah-moses-job-jeremiah-wanted-die/
** Short article: What does the Bible say about self-hatred? https://www.gotquestions.org/self-hatred.html
*** Previous AMTC Devotions on beauty:
*** The Unattractive: http://amtcdevotions.org/the-unattractive
*** High Fashion: http://amtcdevotions.org/high-fashion
*** Beautiful: http://amtcdevotions.org/beautiful-
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination series.