Today’s reading is drawn from Psalm 37:23-24, Psalm 94:18, Micah 7:7-8, and John 10:27-30.
What If I Let God Down
Have you felt like a failure in an area of your life? I did. For many years I struggled with my weight. It was a physical struggle that I kept separate from my spiritual life. It was one thing to let myself down with every diet failure. Why in heavens would I risk letting God down too?
But here’s the problem: My weight issues were dragging me down physically and spiritually, whether I admitted it or not. When I don’t have peace physically, I don’t have peace spiritually. I can’t separate the two. Nor should I. I need spiritual motivation to step in where my physical determination falls short.
So I started reading the Bible from the perspective of someone struggling with food issues. Though I had read the Bible many times and have even taught Bible studies for years, I’d missed how much God cares about and talks about this issue.
I wept as God’s truth started changing my heart. Those changes in my heart helped me make lasting changes in my habits. And what about my concerns with letting God down?
My pastor put that to rest one day with a simple but very profound truth: “How can you let God down when you aren’t ever holding him up?”
I had to choose to operate in the assurance of God’s love, the remembrance of God’s grace and the reality of God’s power. And according to Psalm 37:24, God’s the one holding me up, not the other way around.
Taken in part from Lysa TerKeurst’s book Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire With God, Not Food