God created beauty. It is good. He also created us to desire beauty: beauty around us and beauty within us. Look around and stand in awe of the sunrise, the stream, the face of your mother. He did not make things only to function well, he adorned creation with splendor.

But as with all of God’s gifts the desire for beauty can be distorted and become demonic. When we begin to function like we must have one of God’s gifts, we can be pretty sure that we are worshiping another master.

“Felt needs are frequently taken as self-evident necessities to be acquired,
not as deceptive slave masters.” ~ David Powlison

Be careful of saying:

“Every woman needs to feel beautiful.”
“You deserve to feel beautiful.”
“We must feel beautiful, it’s part of how we are created.”

We become enslaved to this felt need. We begin justifying any course of action to feel beautiful. And God is no longer satisfying because of who he is. He becomes our servant instead of our Lord. We ask him to fetch what we desire. We begin reading his promises as a way to acquire beauty instead of a way to have fellowship with him.

Ultimately, I do not need to feel beautiful. I need freedom from this slave master who leaves me unsatisfied.

For my people have committed two evils:
they have forsaken me,
the fountain of living waters,
and hewed out cisterns for themselves,
broken cisterns that can hold no water.
~ Jeremiah 2:13

Read a related post by David Powlison at the CCEF Blog: “Sane Faith in the Insanity of Life” And a related post by Nancy Leigh DeMoss at the TrueWoman Blog: “Unfulfilled longings…”


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