It is not enough to be confident in the value of your life, the worth of your soul, the treasure of your heart or the beauty of your spirit based on the reflection in the mirror, the label on your clothing, the neighborhood you call home, the framed credentials on your wall, the strength of your body, the balance in your 401K, the number of friends in your contact list, the host of prospects vying for your attention or the success of your children. The foundation of our perception of ourselves, God and others must be rooted in something more substantial than the temporal props of time.
Each of these elements will sustain for a time, buoy is to the surface and allow is to float, but can never sustain. Endurance is found exclusively in the redeeming love of God. While there is nothing wrong with a life overflowing with material abundance, if the evidence of blessing and God’s pleasure in you are inseparably tied to the tangible, than your foundation is faulty and will be tested by time.
We all desire to be strong, confident, purpose driven, pleasing, wise, relevant and outstanding in our own right. However, too often we lean on the opinions of frail, flawed humans (including ourselves) to decide if those attributes are present in us or not. We walk with crutches of success or beauty. We hand the keys to our identity to the foolish, lesser gods of power, approval, greed, lust, deception, indulgence, acceptance and satisfaction. We spend our faith to fulfill the first-world dream of success instead of using our American freedoms to pursue our faith that causes us to offer our lives as a living sacrifice, for the sake of others, just as Jesus did and as he calls us to do.
I’m not always thrilled with who I am even when fully aware that my heart is filled with Jesus, let alone the girl I am separate from him. Over the years the reflection of my life has changed and no longer brings the reassurance that hope in my youth promised it would.
Yet, to know my creator, to hear him call me by name, to rest in the assurance of his active participation in my story, to enter into the hope of his return and the promise of his kingdom being fulfilled in me no matter how I feel today and the security of eternal love that never fails – is to have all things.
The giants that threaten my peace today, that surround me and continually erode my confidence will NOT have their way. They will be cast down and washed far from me. Not because I am better than others or because I deserve better than anyone else, but because he is my God, I am his child and I have cried out for deliverance. He will not fail me no matter how much darkness appears to be prevailing. If I must rally every day to get through, He is faithful and will not leave me in such chaos and hostility without purpose. He will indeed, step out of heaven, draw a line in the sands of time, standing as a witness to injustice, speak the word ‘enough’, work his love in my heart and set me free from the bondage of those who refuse to acknowledge him.
Such divine intervention is unqualified. It does not come only to the articulate, the beautiful, the poised, the highly educated, the wealthy, or the influential. He hears the unutterable groans for help and feels the burn of tears as the roll silently from the faces of those hidden in obscurity and races to the side of those who call upon his name.
He will either deliver or abide in the fires of trial; deliverance is at hand and a sense of well-being will return, enveloping, strengthening and providing wings to take flight. This divine confidence exceeds any and all other forms found in external sources.