The Comparison Game | Day Eight
By: Megan Gover | To download the second week of this study, click here.
“We desire to possess a beauty that is worth pursuing, worth fighting for, I beauty that is core to who we truly are. We want beauty that can be seen; beauty that can be felt; beauty that affects others; a beauty all are own to unveil.”
– John and Stasi Eldredge
Relying on different standards to equate beauty will leave us more confused than our taste buds after eating a cake baked with a ½ cup of salt instead of a ½ teaspoon. Yesterday, we learned the difference between the world’s definition of beauty and God’s view of beauty.
Today, we are going to better look at what it means to fear the Lord. Instead of boosting your self-esteem, I want to boost your self-awareness of the Lord’s character. According to Proverbs 31, physical beauty and charm will fade, but biblical beauty flourishes in a woman confident of the Lord’s love, hope, and grace.
Ultimately, the aim of today is for you to not find comfort in your reflection in the mirror, but rather gain a front-row seat to the Lord’s beauty and reflect His character as you live day to day.
But before we get started, spend some time asking the Lord to increase your awe and wonder for His character, creation, and choice to love you!
In order to gain some wonder about the Lord as a creator, let’s read Isaiah 40:12-28.
Why do you think this passage is filled with rhetorical questions instead of statements?
What vivid imagery! Which picture of His creation process stands out to you the most?
After reading verse 12, what did you learn about the Lord as a Creator?
In verses 13-14, what do we learn about the Lord’s power and wisdom?
In verse 15-16, it’s incredible seeing God’s view of standards and measurements different than ours. What does this say about the Lord’s power and existence?
What are some adjectives to describe God’s character? No one is like Him, so what sets Him a part?
According to verse 22, how is mankind described? Why is it significant to gain a perspective of our size and stature like this?
What does it say about God’s character that He knows every star’s name? How does His care for stars show His love for His creation; for you?
Write out Isaiah 40:28-31. How do these verses offer us hope?
Overall, what type of emotion did this passage invoke in you about the character of the Lord?
Hopefully, after reading this chapter of Isaiah, you gained a better glimpse of your Creator. There is none like Him—no one who loves, no one who cares, no one who knows you so deeply as He does.
Let’s spend some other passages talking about the goodness of the Lord! Read these passages and write a brief summary of the verse:
Philippians 2:5-11 –
Ephesians 2:8-9 –
Psalm 103 –
What does Philippians 2:5-11 teach about Christ’s humility? Why does this make him so beautiful and loving?
What areas in your life do you need to add a little of humility? How can you take a tangible step towards reflecting Christ’s nature?
In Ephesians 2:8-9, it talks about the Lord’s grace. Do you find yourself freely accepting and stingily giving it to others?
How can you lay down your attempts to earn salvation and finally embrace His grace? What good works do you think you are called to live out?
Lastly, according to Psalm 103, what are some of the benefits of the Lord?
When was the last time you truly praised the Lord for His gifts?
Friends, the more we marvel at the Lord’s kindness, the more we mirror it.
When comparisons trick us into defining our beauty by the world’s standards, we are ultimately distracted from the beauty of our Lord. We lose the joy of reflecting His radiance and perspective of beauty.
Let’s vow to lose the mirrors, scales, and selfies we used to benchmark our beauty and begin to add a whole lot more awe and wonder of our Creator—who beams with glory, loves us deeply, created us intently, and yearns for us to embody His character brightly.