This morning I woke up feeling down, depressed and unworthy of saving. It may have been the fried chicken and frozen cheesecake I had for dinner last night. (Not a combination I recommend!) It may have been my bedtime reading of the writings of a Chinese Christian whose harsh experiences are so far removed from my cushy life that I feel like a worm in his presence. However, when I got in my quiet place this morning and began to tell the Lord how I felt, it didn’t take long before the Holy Spirit was reminding me that God sent His Son to save and redeem me despite my worthlessness, felt or actual. Our Abba Father placed value on human life with the extravagant price that He paid to redeem us all – the blood of His Son. We have no right to call worthless what He clearly values.
Psalm 105 recounts the wonders God performed to deliver His people Israel from slavery in Egypt. Verse 39 just jumped out at me this morning. It says, “He spread out a cloud as a covering, and a fire to give light at night.” I knew from reading the story in Exodus that God had sent a pillar of cloud to guide the Israelites during the day, but I never thought about the cloud giving His people a covering. What a beautiful thing to think that the Lord cared enough to give them shade as they trudged through the desert! Psalm 121 also refers to the Lord as “your shade at your right hand. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.” Not only did he shade them through the day, He gave them a nightlight! Imagine what a scary place the desert was in the dead of night. Isn’t it encouraging to know God didn’t leave them alone in the dark?
I don’t know how you are feeling this morning, but I do know there are some truths that should make the day a little easier to face. Your Abba Father loves you. He has invited you to His table. His banner over you is love. If you have received Jesus as your Savior, then you are covered with a robe of righteousness and your sin has been forgiven, every last bit of it! Choosing to believe it is all we need to do to turn our whole outlook around. The enemy wants us believing the opposite so he can keep us out of the fight. Let’s don’t give him the satisfaction!
“And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen”. Romans 16:20