For the Lord takes delight in His people; He crowns the humble with victory. (Psalm 149:4)
When I chose this verse for today’s blog post I asked the Lord what He wanted me to write. I could write about humility and how God raises up the humble and gives them victory. That seemed like the obvious choice. But instead, I found myself writing the title “We are God’s Delight” because I believe it is so very important to God that we understand how He feels about us.
I think we can be very hard on ourselves, at least I know I can be. I remember every mistake, every wrong word said, I know every flaw and weakness that is in me. I don’t remember them all the time, of course, I don’t have a photographic or eidetic memory. But the enemy knows when to bring those things to mind and he does it a lot. How about you? Do you know what I’m talking about?
But what we don’t realize is that once we become a child of God, once we are born-again, God doesn’t see our flaws anymore because He sees us through the blood of Christ (1 John 1:7). It isn’t that He doesn’t know our weaknesses. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that He gave us those weaknesses – so that in our weakness, He could be made strong (2 Cor. 12:9). Now, please understand, I’m not talking about our sinful, fleshly nature. I’m not saying God gave you a weakness for pornography or alcohol or sex outside of marriage or whatever that sinful struggle in your life may be. I’m talking about weaknesses in our personalities – because we need to remember that God gave us our personalities.
For me, some of my weaknesses in my personality is a tendency toward laziness, apathy, and extreme avoidance of confrontation from being phlegmatic. From my melancholy side, my weaknesses are impatience, intolerance of ignorance or lack of intellect, and perfectionism. If you’re wondering what phlegmatic and melancholy mean, check out this site on the four major personality types. I believe God gave me these weaknesses because they make me depend on Him and He can be made strong in my weakness.
Think of it this way. If we had no weaknesses we would basically be perfect, right? And if we’re perfect, why would we need Jesus or God at all? Of course, no human except Jesus is perfect so that’s an impossibility. But what I’m saying is that we shouldn’t be so hard on ourselves because of our weaknesses. Just don’t go to the opposite extreme and think that you don’t need to change just so God can be made strong in your weakness. The reason we have weaknesses, why God doesn’t just take them away the moment we get saved, is so that we can go to Him each day to help us in our weaknesses.
When I start feeling impatient or get angry for no real reason, I turn to the Lord and ask for His help and He always helps me. When I start trying to be perfect, fearing that I’ll make a mistake or fail at something, God reminds me that He’s always with me and no matter what happens He’ll work it out for my good.
If you have a child, think about how you feel about your child. Do you love him or her? That’s an understatement, right? You adore your child. You delight in him or her. You love watching your child discover new things, enjoying life, growing up even though sometimes that can be sad too because you miss them being little once they get older. Well, take how you feel about your child and multiply by a thousand and you start to come close to how God feels about us.
God isn’t angry with you! He isn’t waiting around for you to mess up so He can punish you. In fact, I don’t think God punishes His children (He does punish non-Christians) unless we refuse to repent of our sins. Then, yes, He’ll punish us to bring us around and get us to repent. But many times we confuse punishment with consequences.
Here’s an extreme example but it makes my point: Let’s say you really messed up. You had an affair and you got caught. You repented, you truly regret having done it, wish you’d never made that terrible choice. Your spouse loves you but he can’t trust you now. He decides you need to spend some time apart. Eventually, you end up divorced because your husband just couldn’t get past the pain of what you’d done. You might think God is punishing you for your sin. He isn’t. God already forgave you of all your sins the moment you received Jesus as your Lord and Savior. And when you repented of your sin, God let it go. He has no desire to punish you. No, that divorce is merely a consequence of your sin. If you hadn’t committed the sin, you wouldn’t have gotten divorced. And that can be said of any of our sins whether it’s lying, cheating, stealing, unrighteous anger, unforgiveness, etc. Anything that results from that sin is just a consequence of us committing the sin, not a punishment from God.
God delights in you. He loves to watch you live for Him, to spend time with you, to help you as you read His Word or go about your day. He loves to give you favor, to pour out blessings on you, to guide and direct your every step, to speak to you if you are willing to listen for His voice. He enjoys blessing you! He wants to give you even more if you’d just put Him first! He is the God of more than enough, the God of the impossible, the God of miracles. Don’t put a limit on Him and don’t put Him in a box. God loves you more than you could ever comprehend, more than I can ever comprehend.
I pray that you take that into the rest of this week. Just keep reminding yourself of how much God loves you, that He delights in you.
I would love to hear about the amazing things God is doing in your life. Please post in the comments below! I look forward to hearing from you!