Self-image is a big deal. I think almost every woman (and man, come to think about it), deals with some sort of insecurity to do with their appearance. I for one, hate my nose. I also strongly dislike my hair, and the way my cheeks are fat and squishy when I smile. Also my head is slightly too big (physically, not mentally).
If you were to ask every single person in the world, I’m more than sure that there would be something they would want to change about their body if they could.
I have searched before what God says about our physical appearance in the Bible. In Song of Songs 4:7 he says, “you are altogether beautiful my darling; there is no flaw in you”, and in Ephesians 2:10 he calls us his masterpiece. There are more, but you get the point – He made you, He likes you, He thinks you’re perfect.
But today I was reading about David in 1 Samuel. God had told Samuel that He was going to appoint a new king over Israel. Samuel wondered who He would choose, pointing out various strong, tall and big looking men.
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7
In this passage, God isn’t saying “I mainly look at people’s hearts and every now and again I notice their beauty”. He’s saying that He looks at the heart full stop. He doesn’t care whether our hair frizzes when it’s humid or when we put on weight. He cares about the condition of our hearts. He’s fixated on what, who our hearts are beating for. Whether we’re feeding our spirit with His love, faithfulness and grace. He looks at the fruit our hearts are bearing – patience, gentleness, humility and kindness.
So today I want to encourage you to stop looking at the mirror, feeling worthless. Start looking at the condition of your heart. Look at yourself the way God looks at you. Look at others the way God looks at them.