(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is Part Four in a series about my long struggle with depression and how I was shown the way out.)
Last week, I mentioned how I had come to believe a group of lies which fueled my depression. Two books I was reading however made it clear through God’s Word I was believing lies. God’s truth was far different.
I had grown up believing I was majorly flawed as a human being. I was a failure.
But God’s Word said something completely opposite. In Psalms 139:13-15, it says of God, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place ….”
In Jeremiah 1:4-5, it reads “The word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
Again, in Ephesians 2:10, God’s Word says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Note the pattern in these verses. God is involved in the creation of people while inside the womb. And, for those who will become believers in His Son, He creates them with a purpose. They are designed. If something is designed, it is made for a specific use.
Furthermore, in Exodus 4:11, God says to Moses, “The Lord said to him, ‘Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord?’”
Here, Moses had been giving God the “I’m not good enough” excuse. God in return tells him that excuse doesn’t work here.
God knows everything about us. He’s seen us naked. He has been in our heads. He’s seen us at our very worst. And very best. He even gave us flaws.
The culture wants us to see God as a far off being we must search for. We need to figure Him out. The Bible however tells us God has been intimate with us since the beginning. His hand has always been reaching out to us; we just haven’t been looking for it.
So, why would an intimate God create one of His followers to be a failure? He wouldn’t. It would make no sense for Him to do that.
I had spent years believing the Bible was true, but it was these verses which finally made me realize I was seeing myself wrong. Revelation!
I couldn’t be a failure. I could go off in my own direction and fail at times. Why? Because I took my eyes off God. That’s failure. But that is temporary.
Failing does not automatically make you a failure. Rather, the Bible says God created believers to succeed, as long as they kept their eyes on Him. No flaw can stop this.
God only asks us to do what He has assigned to us. The results are completely up to Him. So, we cannot fail as long as we follow Him.
Just because the results aren’t what we expect, does not mean we failed. It means God had different ideas.
Lesson 1: We are who God designed us to be. (Other people’s opinions don’t matter.)
(More to come next week!)