Let me guess, this topic startled you a bit. Like ‘yeah, right. Now you’re trying to say whatever it takes to make me feel better about myself’. Lol.
If that thought crossed your mind, you’re not alone. It crossed my mind like a zillion times too whenever I read anything uplifting .
Like I was so used to hearing condemning things. ‘You didn’t do this. You weren’t nice enough bla bla bla’.
Who knows what I am talking about?
I imagined you raised your hand so I’m saying ‘thank you’ .
On a more serious note, I was lying on the bed recently, very much aware of all my shortcomings (the devil is so efficient in reminding us of everything wrong with us all day. That’s why the Bible calls him the accuser of the brethren and strangely enough, it seems we find it easier to believe him . Maybe because what he says often makes sense but then — again and again, we’re reminded to live by faith – that’s another topic for another day, by the way ).
Anyways, I decided to read my Bible. Not like I had any part in mind. Honestly, I didn’t. I just wanted to read something.
So I opened my NLT (still doesn’t mean Amplified version isn’t my fave ), and somehow I saw this “When King Jehoshaphat of Judah arrived safely home in Jerusalem. Jehu son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him. “Why should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord?” He asked the king. “Because of what you have done, the Lord is very angry with you. EVEN SO, there is some good in you, for you have removed the Asherah poles throughout the land, and you have committed yourself to seeking God” –
2 Chronicles 19:1-2.
My interpretation is this, Jehoshaphat messed up big time but guess what ‘God still saw some good in him’. How liberating that was when I read that cos like everyone else I’m seriously flawed and while I want to change for the better with Gods help, I find relief in the fact that God still sees some good in me regardless of all the shortcomings the enemy reminds me of all day long.
Just imagine David for an instant, he snatched someone’s wife. That was not enough. He had to kill the woman’s husband and God still called him “the Man after His own heart”. *wipes forehead* Like how interesting is that, really? .
Even though David had so many wrong things going, he also had some good in Him. Like Jehoshaphat, I think David was crazy about God. So crazy that God couldn’t overlook it. His annoying shortcomings were not enough for God to overlook the good in him.
What am I saying? Like David, you might truly have serious shortcomings, but I believe God is saying to you today “I know your shortcomings but even so, there’s some good in you”. And really if God says ‘there’s some good in you, who are you to disagree. Like seriously? .Lol.
Truth is, it’s so easy to feel bad about yourself and say you’re not good enough. The enemy will help you do this anytime. But the result is what you should consider – Misery and more misery .
But if you believe that like God said “there’s some good in you”, you’ll notice these joy bubbles blowing on the inside of you. And also, you’ll be energized and well able to face tomorrow with God helping you .
So, it’s really up to you .