I am really so blown away by this Jesus Calling book I keep going on about. It is just so perfectly what I need to hear, every single day. Take today’s entry, for example:
Stop judging and evaluating yourself, for this is not your role. Above all, stop comparing yourself with other people. This produces feelings of Pride or inferiority, sometimes a mixture of both. I lead each of My children along a path that is uniquely tailor-made for him or her. Comparing is not only wrong; it is also meaningless.
Don’t look for affirmation in the wrong places: your own evaluations or those of other people. The only source of real affirmation is My unconditional Love. Many believers perceive Me as an unpleasable Judge, angrily searching out their faults and failures. Nothing could be farther from the truth! I died for your sins so that I might clothe you in My garments of salvation. This is how I see you: radiant in My robe of righteousness. When I discipline you, it is never in anger or disgust; it is to prepare you for face-to-Face fellowship with Me throughout all eternity. Immerse yourself in My loving Presence. Be receptive to My affirmation, which flows continually from the throne of grace.
(Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence, by Sarah Young, page 61)
How amazing is that?! I totally do that, too, comparing myself to others and seeking my worth in the value others place on me, both of which are exhausting and neither of which usually works out very well in the long run. I keep praying that I would see myself as Jesus sees me. I truly wonder what that would look like, seeing His Righteousness instead of all of my flaws, failures, and shortcomings.
There were four Scripture passages that went with today’s devotional. They are as follows:
Luke 6:37, Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.
John 3:16-17 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Isaiah 61:10 – I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. (again with the rejoicing!)
Proverbs 3:11-12 – My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the Lord loves he corrects; even as a father the son in whom he delights.
I have to admit, I am not a big fan of the idea of being chastened. But I suppose I would have a bigger issue with Jesus just letting me go on blundering my way through life making mistakes and never helping me to improve. It probably goes along with seeing him as an unpleasable Judge, which I did for many years, thinking he was just waiting for me to mess up again so he could pounce on me. It is a relief to be assured that this is not the case, and that his corrections are made with love.
I remember one time I was talking to God, asking forgiveness for something, and I apologized to Him for being so human. I felt that still small voice reminding me, “I MADE you human.”
I was like, “Oh, yeah! That’s right, you did!”
So of all the things I have done in my life for which I need to apologize, being human is not one of them. Now if I could just look to Him for approval and acceptance, instead of everyone and everything else.
Lord, I believe! Help Thou mine unbelief. (Mark 9:24)