“You will be saved in returning and rest. Your strength will be in quietness and in confidence.” Isaiah 30:15
The one thing all men have in common is their deep need to be accepted and loved. Everyone of us need love, yet we find that true love is hard to find. And we’re not always pleased with ourselves. Often we feel that we don’t measure up. But we need to know that as our hearts cry for love Father God hears them. I’ve struggled along and sought a right way, and finally I’m learning that the right priorities must be established for our search for security in God and self to be fruitful. How can we love others if we don’t love ourselves? We need to be secure in our own worth and only God can do that for us, because no one loves us like he does. I remember an old song “Getting to know me, getting to know all about me”. Knowing ourselves and believing who we are to him is a priority. And trust in him makes it possible. But how can we trust someone we don’t even know? He wants to be our God and our friend. Intimacy with the Father has a healing effect and in his presence hearts and minds are changed. Being established in a strong and consistent confidence in his mercies is the greatest need. We are to be cleansed of our confidence in the flesh, because we know that our ability comes from Christ alone. We need strengthening in our confidence in the skills of the Holy Spirit in us. We can trust that when we don’t know what to do the Father knows well and is training us. Believing what we have heard of him.. that he is ever present and our friend and helper. That he goes ahead and makes provision, arranging things for his purposes in all he allows. That he will make crooked places straight and that he is faithful to do all he has promised us. As we are pliable and patient we can trust in his perfections over our imperfections. Daily we fall short of his glory, yet we are people after his own heart. How true it is that daily his goodness and mercy keep chasing us down. He makes us more than we can be.
1 John 3:
21 Beloved, if our hearts don’t condemn us, we have boldness toward God; 22 and whatever we ask, we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do the things that are pleasing in his sight.