“God doesn’t need what we have, we desperately need what He has.” – Steven Furtick
The LORD knows the thoughts of man, that they are but a breath. – Psalm 94:11
Exalt: “to raise in rank, power, or character” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Exult: “to be extremely joyful” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary
When you read this, I know that you know I’m not perfect. But if you’ve never met me, you may not be able to imagine me doing anything wrong. Losing my temper, swearing, whatever… If you’ve never met me, you may have an elevated view of me, simply because what I write is all you see of me. And like anybody else in my position, I try my best not to be a jerk in what I write. So you don’t see the struggles it sometimes takes to communicate the things I do. That sometimes I feel extremely unworthy and unqualified to write about God. His goodness, salvation, love… And I know that you’re not perfect either. I know that, because no one is. We all know that. So I know that sometimes you don’t feel like you’re worthy to work for the Lord. I know that sometimes you don’t even feel worthy to worship Him. That singing praise songs in the car feels phony and contrived. And so I know that it’s good to see God for what we are. That God is perfect and all powerful, and that we’re useless and desperate without Him. That God knows our every thought and predicted our every action, and that we’re still trying to figure out what life is all about. And so when we fail, when our thoughts are not pure, when we feel like giving up for the last time… God’s not giving up on us. God doesn’t need us to be perfect. He wants for us to experience the joy of being perfected. He isn’t hurt by our failure, He wants us to know what it is to succeed with Him. No matter what we do, we can’t destroy His plan of salvation. No matter what we do, we can’t cause Him to be discouraged. The shortest verse in the Bible says, “Jesus wept.” – John 11:35 It comes in the wake of His friend Lazarus dying. But I’m not sure Jesus was weeping because Lazarus had died. Not completely anyway. Jesus knew that in a couple minutes He was going to raise Lazarus from the grave. Jesus knew His power to save. Rather, I believe Jesus was weeping because He was being accused of not saving Lazarus before he died. He was being doubted, despite all that He had already done. In the midst of death, Jesus’ friends forgot His ability to save… Even from death. But Jesus didn’t leave Lazarus in the grave because all His followers doubted His ability. He raised him in spite of their failure to believe. Can you see yourself in that story? I can. How often do we doubt that God can work through us because of what we are? How often do we reject something God has for us because we don’t believe we deserve it? God’s ability is not dulled by our futility. His gifts aren’t a result of our deservedness. No matter where we’re at, He wants to exalt us, if for no other reason than for us to be exulted. We don’t deserve it. We never have. But it’s not about that. It’s all about Him. God is God, by definition He can’t be exalted any more… Except in our hearts. And it’s when we exalt Him for what He is in our hearts that we are exulted with Him. We will go through seasons of doubt, discouragement, and despair. God is not doubtful, discouraged, or despaired. He knows the futility of our thoughts and the failure of our actions. He knows. He’s still here.
Daily Journaling Questions:
- How did I help someone in kindness today?
- What did I learn today?
- What am I thankful for?
- Who did I love today?
- What am I dreaming of?
- What about today do you want to remember forever?
- What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,