Yesterday, I received three correspondences from friends about how GEM has been helping them and that they are glad to know they are not alone! Thank you, thank you, and thank you!
Encouraging others is exactly what I’m trying to do twice a week with God’s Encouragement by Meg! To my surprise, God is taking my fingers to the keyboard and doing most of the writing. In fact, He can put words on a page faster than I can even think them!
What is even cooler is the fact that today’s topic (which I put on the schedule MONTHS ago) is about combating the feelings of insecurity and loneliness! OMG! Love watching the Big Man Upstairs work!
Moreover, I’m humbled that He would even want to use me.
As I have confessed before, I have many faults. I sometimes don’t even try to do better. And even worse…sometimes I just want to be bad (and not in a good way)!
However, if you look in the Bible, you will find that God always uses the least, the lost and the lonely over and over!!
- Moses stuttered, but led the Israelites out of Egypt and into the Promised Land.
- Abraham and Sarah were ANCIENT, but yet they had a son, Isaac, who gave birth to a nation of God’s people.
- David was a small, weak boy who was the youngest in his family, but became the greatest King of all time.
- The woman at the well had led a very promiscuous life, but turned from her sin and was mentioned in the Bible because of her belief in Christ and the transformation He made in her life.
- Mary was a young nobody, but bore the Son of God who would save the world!!
The list goes on. Time and again, God uses the most pathetic people to show HIS greatness. (Thank goodness, with this kind of requirement, I just might make the list…hee, hee!)
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:15-16
It’s no wonder that God uses the weak. If there was a great man or woman who was strong, smart and charismatic, we would look at their excellence as their own doing and NOT from God.
Having said that, if we are helpless and STILL do great things, we have a greater opportunity to humble ourselves and give the glory to God, instead of taking the credit for ourselves.
Humbleness is not easy. DUH!
As human beings, we want to pat ourselves on the back, take the credit and step into the spotlight. It’s hard to argue this point when we have shows like The Voice, America’s Got Talent and American Idol.
Everyone wants to be a star…including myself. Sigh.
We want the world to notice us, our good deeds, our self-righteousness and our importance.
Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 9:23-24
Unfortunately, we are missing the point in our quest for significance.
God wants to use us for His Glory – NOT OURS. His love can transform the world, but we mutilate it with our own selfish desires for OUR success.
Our insecurities are not from God. Our loneliness is not from God.
It is only through a relationship with God and the belief in His Son, Jesus Christ, that we will ever find TRUE security, fulfillment and peace.
Stop looking inside for a sense of worth…LOOK UP!
Some Wisdom for Today: Proverbs 3:33-34 – The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the dwelling of the righteous. Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he gives favor.