No matter how bad we feel, God is the great redeemer. Being overly self-focused on our mistakes can be our greatest weakness; our Achilles Heel that sends us tripping over our every self-doubt. We've all felt it on our worst days: a string of nervy 'oh, what have I done wrong now...?' questions that keep us looking inward.
But the court's adjourned. God's judgment has come in. Paul the apostle wrote: 'I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me' (1 Corinthians 3:3-4 NIV). If we trust in Jesus we are given His spotlessness, and God's judgment on us is, 'This one's all good. I've got them. I'm for them.' Paul knew it, so he didn't even judge himself when he messed up.
That doesn't mean ignoring our problems, or that there won't be consequences if we're constantly acting out a sin we know we shouldn't. But when we make mistakes and start a little internal storm, feel deserted by others or judged by them, we can say with Paul that '... the Lord stood with me and gave me strength ... All glory to God forever and ever' (2 Timothy 4:18 NLT)!
So what now? Do you remember this verse from two days ago: 'God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble' (Psalm 46:1)? God wants more than anything to be your storm shelter. He is with you wherever you go. So, take His help and get through the storm.
Soulfood : Gal 1-3, Mk 9:38-50, Ps 128, Prov 13:17-19