“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:14
During Bible study this past week I was reminded that we have the choice on how we react to things that happen to us. It is our choice to either get upset or to try to deal with any given situation rationally. It’s definitely not always easy. We each have subjects that we are a little more emotional or passionate about. Mine tends to be politics. Which of course is a touchy subject for most people. However, instead of having a poor reaction, I’ll walk away. We are all entitled to our opinion-in this country anyway-so to each his own, right? But to completely honest…I have a difficult time not getting passionate about it, so I stay away from it. Even if I believe the person has the same opinions as I do.
This also pertains to how we react to things concerning ourselves. We can choose to either look at ourselves through our human eyes or through the eyes of God. And those are two very different things. We need to learn to see ourselves as God sees us, as who He says we are.
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3: 1-2)
I appreciate this whole verse but my favorite part is ‘Beloved’. Beloved-we are precious in the sight of God. Why else would He send His son Jesus-our Lord and Savior-to us to suffer and die in our place? Romans 5:8 tells us “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
My friend, He already knows absolutely everything about us. He knows all the good things and all the bad things and He loves us still. His arms are as wide open for us today as they were that day over two thousand years ago on the cross. He’s waiting on us…don’t fool yourself…We are not waiting on Him. He hasn’t gone any where. We have. We turn away from Him-for many reasons. Fear, pride, embarrassment, shame, guilt, unbelief…and the list goes on. It’s like a popular Christian saying states; ‘If you feel like God isn’t near you-who moved?’ Hint: Not Him.
It is all too easy to listen to our own hearts and minds or to other people to find our self worth. We may think we will find it in a different job, in a relationship, in how we look (one of my issues), in how active we are in the community or at church. We may find some contentment in those areas for a little while but it won’t last. There will always be something or someone that we feel we need to boost our feelings of self-worth.
I find myself in one of these aspects right now. I was very active in my former church. I was part of several committees, I was on the council, I was a Lay Leader…Now that I am attending a different church (of a different denomination) I feel like I’m in ‘limbo’. I’m still running the Women’s Bible Study at my former church-which I find to be such a blessing but I feel like I should be doing something else in addition to that. I have put myself out there at the new church but nothing as of yet has come through. As much as my ‘self worth’ is struggling with this…it is God’s will I am after in the end, not my own. It may not easy to wait on His timing but I’ve learned that His timing is perfect.
I pray that you and I find our Self Worth in who God says we are.
Lots of love to you all.
In Jesus’ precious name.