What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You care for him? (Psalm 8:4, ESV)
I just want to encourage someone today who thinks that God is disappointed in them, that they will never please God or that they will never be who God called them to be.
There were times where I felt like God picked the wrong person and it wasn’t too long ago that I laid across my bed asking God to take my life. I think You made a mistake. I’ll never get it right. I’m always messing up. I was asking God to give up on me, but He couldn’t break the promise He made to me long ago. I’ll never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).
Not everybody is sent by God, but just like Jesus, you were sent into the world by Your Father to do His will (John 3:16; John 16:28; John 4:34). In Acts 2:22, Jesus is described as a man approved of God by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did by him. Jesus couldn’t do nothing on His own and He only did what he saw his Father doing.
God planned for us to be like His Son (Romans 8:29). He wants us to obey Him like His Son did and not only does He want us to do the works Jesus did, but greater. You were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world and He knows what He chose when He chose you. He knew you before you were in your mother’s womb. He knitted you together. He knows the number of hairs on your head. You were called according to HIS purpose and He approves of those He called. You are not a mistake. You were planned.
Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called and whom he called, them he also justified and whom he justified, he also glorified (Romans 8:30).
We don’t always understand God’s ‘picks’, but He chooses what the world considers foolish to shame and confound the wise. He deliberately chooses men and women that the culture overlooks, exploits and abuses. He chooses these ‘nobodies’ to expose the hollow pretensions of the ‘somebodies’ (1 Corinthians 1:27, MSG).
God is doing what He promised, but sometimes He does things in a way that you and I don’t like or understand. I’ll give you a good example. Another change took place on my job recently and I didn’t like it. When my supervisor told me that she was moving me to another area of the office, I got angry. This was the third time they were moving me. Did I have to move furniture? No. Did I have to move boxes? No. So why was I upset? Well, when I first started working there, I was in the very back of the office. Then, they moved me to the front office, but I was in the corner (hidden), but this time they moved me to the very front where I’m now visible to the public – and this made me uncomfortable. I was so focused on what my supervisor did to me that I couldn’t see what God was doing for me. He literally promoted me from the back to the front. He was trusting me with more responsibilities. He was putting me on display – and I didn’t even realize it. I totally missed it.
My point is this – God said months ago that promotion was coming and He didn’t change His mind. He did what He said. You may look at it as nothing, but how we react to the little promotion reveals whether or not we are ready for the big promotion. I’m sure at one time you received a letter in the mail stating that you were qualified or pre-qualified for a credit card. Well, just because you are qualified, doesn’t mean that you are approved. The credit card company or bank has to run your credit report first before you can be approved. It must be proven…and we must be proven also.
But getting back to what I was saying earlier…
God is not against you. He is for you. Even if others won’t forgive you, know that Christ has forgiven you. If you confess your sins, He is faithful and just to forgive your sins and to cleanse you from all unrighteousness. You have been cleared of all guilt. You have been made the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). Whatever the devil has accused you of or keeps holding over your head is being thrown out of court today. Whatever he knows about your past will not be used against you to discredit you in the future. The blood of Jesus has erased your name from every demonic court case and file. Any evidence he can use against you has been erased. You will not be tried or judged by the wicked. Jesus is Your Defender. He has settled your case and the devil has lost – again.
I’ve made a lot of mistakes and in some cases, they weren’t mistakes. I deliberately disobeyed God, but He hasn’t given up on me. In fact, God recently reminded me of something He told me over 20 years ago. He hasn’t forgotten me and He hasn’t forgotten you nor has He forgotten what He said concerning you. That promise or word that came out of the mouth of God has not been altered. He hasn’t changed His mind. What He has promised to give you is still for you – IF you want it.
Sometimes we don’t understand why God loves us so much and sometimes we don’t feel worthy, but to God, we never lost our value. You are still precious to Him. You are His beloved, you will be just like His Son, and you will hear Him say that He is well pleased with you.
God hasn’t changed His mind about you so don’t you change your mind about Him…He loves you.