We are in the summer months now and, at least in Illinois, the weather tends to be bipolar. One day it is “sunny with a high of 75” (a little throwback Relient K reference for you) and the next low 60’s and rain. At least for me, that is a perfect depiction of how life can go. We should have the strength in faith to endure every situation thrown at us, but in the end we have moments where we fail in lifting our heads and hands up to the Creator. More often than not, we tend to keep our heads down to not look our problem(s) in the face.
Searching deep inside ourselves, we are an emotional wreck. Does any of the following conversations within yourself occur like it does with me?
“I am happy with myself when ____, but can’t stand to look at myself in the mirror when _____.”
“I’ve fallen into the same sin again, God surely has given up on me.”
Or have any of you had the feelings of loneliness, worthlessness, self-defeat, weakness, fear, impatience, or any other dismaying emotion?
You are not alone. We are not alone.
The Bible is filled with God’s promises to us, reassurances of His ever-loving power and grace. Below are some verses that I hold dear to myself and frequent when I am feeling frail or unworthy of God. I hope they can help you through whatever you may be facing today or what is to come.
Verses to go to when we:
- Need to feel known | 1 Corinthians 8:3 ESV
But if anyone loves God, he is known by God.
- Need reminding of God’s mercy/compassion | Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
- Need forgiveness | 1 Peter 2:24 ESV
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
- Need strength | Isaiah 41:10 ESV
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
- Need reassurance of God’s presence/ability to destroy fear | Hebrews 13:5-6 ESV
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
- Need help in listening to God/revering His power | Psalm 46:10 ESV
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
- Need help with being satisfied in life | 2 Corinthians 12:10 ESV
For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
We will have hardships in this life, but God has given us His Word that tells us of the promises, mercies, and Good News that can sustain us.
Life is worth the journey because, in the end, we will be face to face with Jesus. Give it all to God in prayer, and He will provide for all.
Take a listen to “Exodus” by The Lowly Heirs that walks through these emotions in raw, beautiful lyrics and music!
“I am your child
And in You I’m known
Within the storm
You are my calm
Be satisfied, be still, my soul”^
^The Lowly Heirs. “Exodus.” The Lowly Heirs, The Lowly Heirs, 2017.