“I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken” (Psalm 16:8, New American Standard Bible, NASB)
We all have had one, two, or multiple momentous times in our life where we faced a storm that we thought we would never get out of. Maybe it was a dream you worked so hard to fulfill and instead it flip-flopped. Maybe your once rock-solid marriage starting crumbling. Maybe you were next in line and more qualified but didn’t receive the promotion. Maybe it was your health started declining again or something you were so positive God put on your heart to do didn’t quite turn out the way you expected.
I’ve learned and still am learning, it’s in our times of failure or losses that we need to be grounded in our identity in Jesus Christ. Sometimes we cave into cultural or societal pressure and allow the things and people to define us and sometimes even destroy us.
We live in a world that’s full of competition. We’re defined by how we dress, what we look like, our education and socioeconomic status, what kind of car is parked in our driveway/garage, what title we hold at the office/church, how much money is in our bank account, marital status, and how many likes and followers we have on social media.
But as Jesus’ followers, none of these things define us. If they did, each one of us would be questioning our identity, because let’s be real the material things simply start to fade.
Looks fade, financial situations change, jobs come and go, and so do friends and followers, too. So who are we? Maybe the better question is, Whose are we? We are children of God. We were created by love, in love and for love. And because we belong to Him, we can endure even the toughest of times. Psalm 16:8, tells us, “I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”
When life throws us curve balls or shatters into tiny bits before our eyes, it’s easy to doubt ourselves, God’s plan, even God himself. But when we’re hurt, dismayed, disappointed or frustrated by the negative side of thwarted plans, crushed dreams and painful losses, we can still hold on to God’s hand and truth.
We can set the Lord continually before us. We can choose over and over to trust God and believe He still has a plan for our lives, even when we don’t have a clue what that is. We may feel shaken by emotions and circumstances, but we’ll always have someone to hold on to who will never let us go.
When you know whose you are, it changes everything. You have a certain assurance and confidence that it doesn’t matter who/what comes against you, you know that God has you. I KNOW God has my back.
Thank you that you are my Father and I am your child. Thank you that I am not defined by the world or others, but by YOU. Remind me in times of doubt or confusion that you have a plan and purpose for my life. And no matter what comes my way, my faith will stand because YOU will NEVER let me go.
In Jesus Name,