When negativity about my worth crowds out good thoughts, I take my I’m-not-enough-thinking to God, asking him to open my eyes to his perspective. He shows me truth through the lens of Scripture, encouragement for you and me.
Do you realize your place in chronology of Scripture?
First, the Word. Always and forever.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. John 1:1
Next comes you.
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. Ephesians 1:4
He Chose You
Before God hovered over the void, speaking life and form from nothing, you existed in him. Before time began, he knew you. He loved you.
With utmost care, he selected your 10,000 sets of genes, and your 23 pairs of chromosomes, thus creating his design for one-of-a-kind you.
He created you for purpose. He marked you for greatness. Not greatness by societal standards, but by the measure of Christ in you.
He Planned for You
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will. Ephesians 1:11
Before time began, he wrote the pages of your life, his grand plan for you to bring him praise.
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
At the exact time of his choosing, he released you into the world.
He sent you out of the Word, as a word to your generation.
He Works in You
God exerts the force of his energy on your behalf, working out his highest possible good in you.
…for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Philippians 2:13
He works his word in you, and he works his word through you.
He Works it Out for You
What is he working out?
Everything you face. Not just some things.
He’s working out everything.
So find encouragement in these everything truths.*
- Everything is possible for one who believes. Mark 9:23
- Everything is under his feet. 1 Corinthians 15:27
- Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6
- I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
You are a word out of the Word, sent by the Word into this time in history.
So rest in this final word, dear friend.
God’s word will not return to him empty, but accomplishes what he desires and achieves the purpose for which he sent it (Isaiah 55:11).
How are you encouraged today?