One of the biggest ways the enemy attacks us as women is by inflicting body image issues or insecurities. So many of us women struggle with this. We are constantly body shaming ourselves and comparing ourselves to women who have been airbrushed and altered by plastic surgeons. Our standard for beauty is a false reality. Especially since God made us to perfection; Ephesians 4 says without fault. He even calls us His masterpiece in chapter 2. He made each of us with thought and intent, so much so that the Bible says He numbered the hairs on your head (Matt 10:30).
But one of my favorite things He says is in Psalms 139:13-18
"You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! (for I am fearfully and wonderfully made NKJV)
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!"
THAT IS SOOOOO BEAUTIFUL!!!!
You are His fearfully and wonderfully made workmanship. He put so much thought and detail into His work (you) and nothing was by accident. It takes someone who truly loves you to plan for you in such detail.
One of my favorite quotes I've heard in a sermon was by Jenn Johnson (who is my bff in my head btw) who said, "I can't prove it on paper, but the moment I started seeing myself as God does, I became more attractive."
But the problem is, we often don't see ourselves this way. We don't see that our complexities were designed by God himself. We think that we are too much to handle or worse not enough. We question God at every turn and sometimes disregard that He IS God and that He makes no mistakes.
And yet, O Lord, you are our Father.
We are the clay, and you are the potter.
We all are formed by your hand.
How foolish can you be? He is the Potter and he is certainly greater than you the clay! Should the created thing say of the one who made it, “He didn’t make me?” Does a jar ever say “The potter who made me is stupid?”
No, don’t say that. Who are you, a mere human being, to argue with God? Should the thing that was created say to the one who created it, “Why have you made me like this?”
We have to stop this. We have to stop questioning God and see ourselves as He does. We need to know that He is on our side. He is for us not against us. We have to stand up to the lies from the enemy. Satan will sneak in like a snake in the garden deceiving you with the smallest forms of manipulation, don't believe him. You are not defined by what he says but by what God says. And God says He chose you, He made you, He called you and that you are without fault in His eyes. Remember that! Also remember that woman was the finishing touch on all that God had made. When He was done he saw all that He did and indeed it was very good (Gen 1:31).