The following is an excerpt from Fake IDs by Katie Humphress:
I am not the person I once was (not because I am trying harder) but because I learned how to fill in the following blank with truth instead of lies:
God is _______________________.
In the past, I filled in the blank with words like “judgmental,” “suspicious,” “mean,” “arrogant” so it’s no wonder I felt the way I did. Those were lies Satan wanted me to believe. I felt like a lost cause because I thought God was a harsh judge who enjoyed nothing more than striking His gavel on all of my mistakes. Condemning me. Judging me. Strike, strike, strike.
However, I was filling in the blanks incorrectly. Yes, God judges right from wrong, but the Old and New Testament paint God as the perfect balance of all-loving, all-knowing, and all-powerful. God is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He made me, loves me, and fights for me not against me. When I learned how to fill in the blanks with this in mind, and fully believed it in my heart, I had hope. My world turned upside down.
Try filling in the blanks with the following words and see how your view of yourself changes as a result:
God is All-Loving.
I've searched for love in many places—some good, some bad. In the past, no matter how much love I tried to suck out of people and activities here on earth, I still felt empty at the end of the day. It's true that if we all have a God-shaped hole in our hearts, nothing but His love will fill the void.
People, even good people, are disappointing. Anthony loves me a lot, but even his love is not enough to complete me. It's just not. We have different needs, and I can't expect him to fulfill my every need, every moment of every day...although I still don’t see why not sometimes.
The only lasting love is perfect love. And perfect love? It only comes from God. He sent His Son to die for me even though I am flawed. His love is unconditional and limitless:
For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Romans 5:8
God is All-Knowing.
Every night before my kids go to bed, I remind them that God has a special plan for them. They get giddy and excited, "What is it? What is it?" and I tell them we don't know yet but if we listen, God will give us clues. For my daughter, she loves drawing and making up stories and wants to be an author/illustrator. Who knows? Maybe that’s what God has planned for her. My four-year-old little boy wants to grow up to be a construction worker and piano player—but hates manual labor and refuses to take music lessons (“Why would I?” he explains, “I’m already perfect at it!”). Maybe he has more to learn about his plan before he commits to anything.
God knows every detail of our futures before we are even born. The more we get to know Him the more closely we fulfill our dreams. Our respective futures are unique, designed especially for you and me. It’s exciting to think the plans are set, are good, and that He gives us clues through our individual gifting and talents. He is all-knowing. We aren't, but He is.
As a little girl I would give speeches and narrate my day as if I were writing an autobiography. Despite these early clues, I let fear and insecurity prevent me from leaning in to God's plans and writing books and speaking to girls. However, God also knew that my experiences in college would fuel a passion for helping young women discover how truly valuable they are in Christ.
Even though it took me longer to figure out my plans, and I'm still learning the specifics, it is so fulfilling to use my God-given talents to help others. I’m finally trusting that God knows everything, and listening to His voice (through praying and reading His words in the Bible) is helping me live out my purpose. There is no problem He cannot answer.
Here are some verses to remind yourself that God is all-knowing and has a plan for you:
This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord.* - Ephesians 3:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
The Lord Almighty has sworn, “Surely as I have planned so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will happen.” Isaiah 14:24
*I love this one!!!! The words “eternal plan” are so comforting to me!! God is not wringing his hands worried over the future—the future of the world, or the future of me. His plans are eternal. In the end, Jesus will come back to right all wrongs. Good wins. The story is already written, and the ending for all those who believe is absolutely beautiful.
God is All-Powerful.
If you believe in Creation, then surely you respect the power of God. With a word, He spoke absolutely everything into existence. Everything—flowers, trees, people, frogs—everything. And all of creation is synchronized. Honeybees eat nectar from flowers to make honey, but they also spread pollen which affects the food supply of humans. It blows my mind. The majesty of it all is astounding. To me, mountains are more spectacular than oceans—but either way, impressive.
When I pray, I sometimes forget God's power—mostly because there are a couple aspects of my life where my faith is incredibly weak. I have prayed for years for a situation that secretly I believe will never change, because it never does. However, if God wants to change my situation, He certainly has the power to do so:
You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds, O God our savior. You are the hope of everyone on earth, even those who sail on distant seas. You formed the mountains by your power and armed yourself with mighty strength. Psalms 65:6
Ephesians 6:10 reminds us what to do with God's awesome power: Rest in it. Let His strength make you strong. It says, "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power." For me, this is way more important than getting my way all the time. What would happen if God said yes to my every prayer request? One thing is for sure, I would be married to my seventh grade crush—so I'm glad the answer is sometimes no.
I can rely on God's power and not push through life by sheer grit and determination, thinking my way is always right. God created the world and broke the hold of sin and death through Jesus. Surely trusting in His power, and not my own, is best. Here are two of my favorite verses that demonstrate the power of God:
He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Psalms 106:42
Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. Ephesians 1:21
So, if there were a person that knew what was best for you, had the power to make it happen, and loved you immensely wouldn't you want a relationship with that person?
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This article was originally featured March 22, 2016.