Psalm 36:5-9 (erv)
Sometimes…. okay, much more than sometimes, I feel like I’m not enough. It seems that no matter how many times I remind myself what God says about me, the feeling of not enough continues to come back. It’s one of those feelings that meets you in the morning, or in the evening. It stops you at lunch, or on the weekends. It invades your space and causes you to lose time and sleep and peace. But, I’m slowly learning that how I feel isn’t what counts.
I’ve been studying this a lot lately, and one of the devotionals that really made a big impact in my life is the “Priceless: Who I Am When I Feel…” devotional from the Bible App, written by Jen and Linda Barrick. Today, I want to share the message from day of that reading plan, in hopes that it will remind you of what’s really true during the moments that your feelings don’t line up with God’s word.
“When I Feel Like I’m Not Enough…I’m PRICELESS
You are not who you think you are.
You are not who others think you are.
You are so much more than you may have ever imagined!
Let me explain…
When you become a follower of Christ, you don’t just get forgiveness for your sins, you get to trade everything you are for everything He is. That means…when God sees you, all He sees is the sufficiency (that’s a fancy word for good-enough-ness) of His Son. Your inadequacies (or not-enough-ness) are hidden and covered by Jesus. Everything that is good and perfect about Jesus is WHO YOU ARE NOW!
Psalm 36:7 says, “How PRICELESS is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings”.
This means two very important things:
Part 1 – Because God’s love is PRICELESS, you are PRICELESS! (Remember, whatever is true about Him is credited to you too).
Part 2 – Everything that is Not-Enough about you is covered by God’s Enough-ness. Your inadequacies are literally hidden behind the shadow of His greatness.
Have you ever noticed what happens to your shadow when a giant cloud gets between you and the sun? The shadow of the cloud swallows up your shadow. That’s exactly what Psalm 36:7 means. The shadow of God’s Son swallows up all of your imperfections. God only sees the perfection of His Son when He sees you.
You will be tempted over the next few years to compare yourself to a lot of other things besides God’s Word. You might compare yourself to friends, older siblings, the “popular” crowd or the edited pictures you see on social media. There is one thing you need to know: Comparing yourself to anything other than the truth of God’s Word is risky business. Comparison is the thief of joy. I can almost guarantee you that you will constantly struggle with feeling like you are not enough if you are sizing yourself up to anyone or anything else but the truth of who you really are in Christ…You are PRICELESS!”
What are some of the feelings of “not enough” that you experience? How do those feelings measure up with the truth in God’s Word?
This is the prayer featured in the Priceless Devotional for the day: “Dear Jesus, Your love is priceless! Thank you for transferring your priceless value to me. I cannot believe who I am in your eyes and who I get to be because of You! Thank you for covering all of my imperfections in Your big shadow of protection. It’s a relief to hide behind You!”