10-6-09 Devotion: True

I’m amazed at the amount of power such small objects can have over a woman’s life. Take the bathroom scale, for example. Our self-worth is often completely wrapped up in what it tells us. Our whole attitude for the day is often determined by what we see first thing in the morning when we step on it. We give the scale permission to tell us who we are…and what we are not.

The same goes with a mirror. When a woman looks in a mirror, the natural response is not, “You are fearfully and wonderfully made! You are beautiful! You are special!” Instead, she eyes herself up and down, finding every flaw and feature that doesn’t quite measure up to her own idea of beauty. She might even go so far as to tell herself, “Look at you. You’re disgusting. You need to lose weight. You’re getting fat.” Her whole day is then clouded with disparaging thoughts about herself. Joy, peace, and love will be far from her as she swims in a sea of self-loathing.

Such struggles are not limited only to women, but for some reason, we tend to have more problems in this area than men. Yes, they have moments of self-doubt, but the focus on physical appearance is not usually the huge stumbling block that it is for women.

True:
· consistent with fact or reality; not false

Last Sunday in ZooperChurch (our children’s church), we sang “Oh, How I Love You,” a children’s song by Hillsong Kids. The chorus says quite simply, “True, You love me so much. True, You love me so.”

What we need to get through our heads is that we are more than a number. When we look to a scale or a mirror for our identity, we believe a lie instead of focusing on what is true.

What is true is that God loves us. He doesn’t just love us either. He passionately adores us! He created us and takes great delight in us. His love and presence bring meaning and value to our lives. God approves of us just as we are. Does that mean we can neglect our bodies and not take care of ourselves? Does that give us the freedom to say, “God loves me anyway, so it doesn’t matter what I weigh or look like?” Absolutely not. We’re commanded to honor God with our bodies, which includes exercising regularly and eating nutritious foods. By doing so, we are making sure our bodies our healthy and strong so that we may be more effective in serving the Lord.

When we find those negative thoughts coming at us, we must fight back. The only way to combat those lies is to wield the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.

“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

Taking those thoughts captive involves replacing lies with truth. We must focus on what the Bible says, not on what others say, what society says, or even what our feelings are. The Word is our standard.

“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

It’s ok to have a bathroom scale and to step on it once in awhile to gauge how you’re doing. It’s not a bad thing to check yourself out in the mirror. But, when you do, listen to what you’re telling yourself. Are your thoughts right? Are your words true? Are they based upon what God says?

The reality is that we’re deeply loved by the Lord. We’re accepted by Him. When He looks at us, He sees perfection. He isn’t bothered by a bad hair day or by clothes that fit a little too tightly. His love for us never changes. That is the truth.

Comments

  1. I really like this one. Your collection is growing, and they’re all wonderful! I can’t wait to see them all together in publication some day!

  2. Thank you!