This week I’m feeling encouraged to share some hope with you. We live in a really big world where it can be easy to feel forgotten or overlooked. We feel hurt by family members, ignored by our bosses, abandoned by our partners and irrelevant to our friends. We sometimes feel that even God has left us alone. I hope that these words from scripture remind you of the truth:
“The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.”
1 Peter 1:7a
“These troubles test your faith and prove that it is pure. And such faith is worth more than gold.”
“So what should we say about this? If God is for us, no one can stand against us. And God is with us.”
These verses each touch on a very special message: God delights in every part of your life, finds you unbelievably valuable and is with you. I’ve spent enough time working (and living) with people to know that we all have moments where we don’t feel like these statements could possibly be true. Honestly sometimes we don’t deserve God’s delight or presence, we’re humans who sin and have failures. But God knows that, and still loves us. We’re still allowed to meet with God and be loved by God because of grace and forgiveness.
On those days that you struggle, remember that you’re enough. You may not be perfect, and you may need to grow some (we all have room for growth), but don’t ever let anyone tell you you aren’t important or special. God hasn’t forgotten you, and will never leave you alone. He’s also put people in your life to encourage and support you, so don’t be afraid to ask for help (I’m an email, call or message away!).
This week, instead of focusing on what goes wrong, take time to turn to that which inspires and encourages you. Read the Bible, your favorite devotional, or listen to some Christian music or a sermon that’s online when you’re feeling particularly challenged or discouraged. You’ll not only feel better, God may give you the wisdom for how to work through your situation in that time of worship or reading.
Don’t give up, God’s got a plan for your life and plans to go with you every step of the journey.