Posted by Jayce Ooi as Spiritual
Read Psalm 8:3-9 3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4 what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? 5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: 7 all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, 8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. 9 O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
In his excellent book The Voice of the Heart, Chip Dodd makes this penetrating observation about our obsession with our own worth and value: “We’ve been insanely taught that we can create our own worth. We spend our lives forever building our self-esteem; having it destroyed and building it back up again. The tragedy is that anything that can be constructed can be deconstructed. Self-esteem is something we manufacture in order to create a sense of control on our achievement only. ‘I did, therefore I am.’ This is the opposite of what God made us to be, ‘I am, therefore I do.’”
When we struggle with our worth and value, we need to revisit what God has to say about us. I think that’s what Dodd is saying. In fact, when I read his quote, I thought of Psalm 8: “You have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all all things under his feed, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea” (vv.5-8).
God estimate us highly. We are of incredible value to Him. He created us a little lower than the angels, crowned us with glory and gave us dominion over the earth. In all these things, He demonstrated His love for us.
The apostle Paul talked about our incredible value to God when he said, “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32). This is what God says about us.
We all might have devastating experiences in life. And if we look to where we are or where we will be tomorrow to give us a sense of value and worth, we are in big trouble. The good news is that what God says about us is permanent and sure, and you can go to the bank with it.
-Crawford W. Loritts-
Responding - Do I base my self-esteem on the things I do rather than in who God made me? Do I feel as if I have to work to earn my self-esteem?
Following – What God says about us is far more valuable than what we say about ourselves.
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