Do you think you’re beautiful? A biblical perspective on confidence and security

Some people take pictures of themselves seemingly every day. “Here I am again.” “Here I am in my new fall flannel.” “Today, I am posing with my friend.” “This is how I put on my makeup this morning. Don’t you love my new look?” And so on.

I actually enjoy the ones that are before and after pictures of losing weight. Good for them!

I even cheer for those who look cute just about every day. Yay for you!

But, behind the cheery, fashionable, facades, there’s usually a different picture—a needy picture. These people shout loud and clear, “I need affirmation. Notice me.”

Secure people forget to take pictures. They are busy serving others.

I realize that the makeup, dress, and hair people are selling products, and that’s why they are more public. For them it’s more about the need to sell than to be seen. This post is not about them.

Do you think you are pretty?

Is there a need in your life for affirmation? Do you want to be noticed?

Are you insecure?

There’s good news for everyone. Psalm 139 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible, because it profoundly teaches about God’s design and purpose for every single person on this earth. Read with me. For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. God owned us from conception. He actually oversees the formation of every human embryo in the womb.

The next verse is all the affirmation anyone needs. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. When’s the last time you looked into the mirror and—instead of scowling and looking for flaws—said, “Thank you, God for the wonderful way you made me”?

God tells how He forms each person in the womb according to His divine plan. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

Obviously, the Psalmist David was not still in the womb when he wrote these words; he was an adult. Read what he knew because the Holy Spirit revealed it to him: How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee (Psalm 139:13-18).

Just as the Lord put thought and care into intricately forming your body, He thinks and cares for you all the time. If you are asleep, He is thinking of you. When you are awake, He thinks about you. How cool is that?

I believe most women feel insecure. A good grasp on these Bible verses will help us change the chip and accept the fact that God doesn’t make mistakes. He knows exactly why He made us the way He did, and there is divine purpose behind our bodies. We should praise Him.

A woman should also feel secure in the fact that He thinks about us all the time. We are not alone. God is there.

Have you ever thanked God for your body?

God is thinking about you and He never leaves you.

There’s more to this Psalm: O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest (surround) my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me (Psalm 139:1-5).

God knows whether we’re sitting or standing. He knows our thoughts. The Lord actually surrounds us on all sides—and lays His hand on us. He knows every word we say.

David’s conclusion? Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it (verse 6). I think this is biblical language for “Wow!”

Yes, just wow!

May God bless you today.