“Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.”
Psalms 25:8 NIV
In the naivety of my youth, I thought there would be a day that I would “make it” and be mostly perfect. I looked forward to the day that I would not struggle, worry or fear. I longed for the day that I would be like Mother Teresa but not so old. The truth is the older I’ve gotten the more aware I am of all my imperfections, of how I miss the target on a daily basis and deeply aware of how broken I am as a human being. But instead of the truth of this reality bringing a cloud of defeat over my life, it brings me to a state of overwhelming gratitude. I am so thankful that my relationship with God doesn’t rest on my works but solely on the work that Jesus did on the cross. The Apostle Paul wrote in his second letter to the early church in Corinth this powerful truth: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Cor.5:2)
As I rest in Jesus’ work on the cross, I am received in the embrace of Christ’s right standing with God and brought close to learn a new way of life, of relationship building, of loving others, of loving God. I am a sinner saved by grace and rest in the unchanging truth that I am loved by God who faithfully, patiently, compassionately, and mercifully instructs me in His ways and His love every day. In the face of trials and troubles, I am so thankful that God will guide me to His path not because of my goodness but His.
My friend, whatever you are facing today, turn your face to God and find His loving gaze upon you. He will teach you how to navigate through this time as you lean on His goodness and follow His lead.
“How good you are to me! When people turn to you, Yahweh, they discover how easy you are to please—so faithful and true! Joyfully you teach them the proper path, even when they go astray.”
Psalms 25:8 TPT