Where Do I Stand with God?
Do you know where you stand with God? Are you tired of figuring out how to please Him?
4 For you have upheld my right and my cause, sitting enthroned as the righteous judge.
–Psalm 9:4 NIV
Sometimes we can think God is waiting to “do something” to us, and we carry on our “relationship” with Him with that in mind:
“Lord, did I do (this or that) right?”
I lived like this for so long. It became a burden:
28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
–Matthew 11:28-30 NLT
This makes me weep. God just wants us, in the words of international evangelist Ivan Tait, to “get it right.” We don’t have to keep looking in the rear view mirror: “Did I do this right? Did I make the right choice?” That’s different than seeking to learn from the past. From an insecure place, rehashing our decisions can come from a need for approval. We already have His:
14 For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy.
–Hebrews 10:14 NLT
I’ve spent so much time looking at my past that I’m sure it’s robbed me of time to build my future. I don’t have to live that way now:
2 Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus…
–Hebrews 12:2 AMPC
I can focus on the next thing. I can’t change the past, only improve my “now.” Does that make sense? How can I shape my life into Christ “now?” He’s already made provision for the mistakes I’ve made in the past. Even if people don’t forgive us, He does, and we can move on with confidence to help secure our futures in Him. That is an incredible relief. If our hearts prove right with God (in obedience and right standing with Him), and we cling to Him, we can be assured of a marvelous destiny:
11 For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.
–Jeremiah 29:11 AMPC
10 The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).
–John 10:10 AMPC
We can stop beating ourselves up, and live how God always intended 🙂 We can’t enjoy our present with no hope for a better future.