1 John 3: 19-20 NIV
19 This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: 20 If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 TPT
9 But he answered me, “My grace is always more than enough for you, and my power finds its full expression through your weakness.” So I will celebrate my weaknesses, for when I’m weak I sense more deeply the mighty power of Christ living in me. 10 So I’m not defeated by my weakness, but delighted! For when I feel my weakness and endure mistreatment—when I’m surrounded with troubles on every side and face persecution because of my love for Christ—I am made yet stronger. For my weakness becomes a portal to God’s power.
Do you sometimes take yourself too seriously? Maybe getting all worked up over things because of your narrow view of how things “should be.” Then when you realize you are not believing the best about others, you come down on yourself even harder. This is a pattern or trap we can all fall into if we allow our thoughts to be unfiltered with God’s manifold grace.
The good news is that God is bigger than your most sophisticated plans. He alone is capable of bringing you to your expected end. He alone has what you need to make the journey simple, joyful, and unfettered with systems that add complication and bear no fruit. He does the hard part, and we do our grace filled small part.
Life is complicated, but life is good! We have His presence within us to keep us safe from our imperfect fallible selves. His grace also keeps us out of the control of selfish and designing people who do not have our best interest on their radar. Like a bird released from a snare, He says, “Fly away free to soar wherever your heart leads in unison with my will.” Sometimes we fall flat, because we have misperceived His plan, timing or ways. He will never bless anything that is outside His best for you.
When our own hearts rise up to condemn us, He speaks one Word that brings justification and peace. That fruit of grace supersedes our natural calculations and silences the accuser. We find ourselves like children at the lunch table with the bullies, enjoying our provision from our Father God reading His love notes found hidden in our lunchbox. If He has my back, all will be well.
We like to avoid pain, disappointment, misunderstandings and conflict. But no matter what we do or don’t do, these things are part of a well spent life in this fallen realm living with imperfect people who are doing the best they can to live their lives with their understanding. We all have areas we need to grow in knowledge of how He actually sees and intends things to be. All the dark moments actually make the brightness shine more brilliant and clear. All the bitter, makes the sweet even sweeter. And we get to chuckle at ourselves along the way knowing God never intended us to be so hard on ourselves.