I decided that I should write an encouraging post today. I just felt it was necessary.
However, when I sat down to write I hit a slight roadblock: I don’t feel very encouraging at the moment.
I’m not saying this for sympathy or anything, it’s just the truth. We all have emotional and spiritual ups and downs and the simple reality is that, at the moment, I’m on one of my ‘downs’.
It’s irrelevant why I’m not on a spiritual and emotional high at the moment, but it’s a simple fact that I’m not – and it’s hard to be all positive and encouraging when you’re feeling low.
As I thought about this though, I realized that in the very fact that I have emotional ups and downs lies my message of encouragement to you today.
You see, I’m not God, and God’s not me… in fact, God is almost nothing like me. Which is a very good thing!
While I have ups and downs, highs and lows, happy days and grumpy ones, God is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
He doesn’t have ups and downs. He doesn’t have grumpy days when he smites people just because he’s in a bad mood and he doesn’t ever tell us to stay out of his way because he got up on the wrong side of the bed.
He is constant, he is unchanging and he is faithful.
No matter what mood I’m in, no matter how I feel right now, God is the same as he was yesterday, and the day before, and the day before that and all the days that have ever been or will ever be.
To be honest, it’s a relief to realize and remember that because it’s very tempting to ascribe things to God based on how I feel. Sometimes I feel that he loves me more than anything I can ever imagine. Sometimes I feel like he doesn’t even like me any more let alone love me. If you ever feel that way then I want to encourage you with this message:
God’s love for you and his faithfulness in keeping the promises he has made to you NEVER change. It doesn’t matter how YOU feel right now, you’re not God. He still feels the same way he felt before you were even born:
He loves you so much that he sent his own son to die in your place.
Regardless of how I, you or anyone else feels today, tomorrow or any other day, that will ALWAYS be true!
Lift up your heads today and be encouraged. God loves you!