I was writing in my journal a couple weeks ago, reminding myself that God’s approval is all I need and that I shouldn’t worry what other people think of me. Common struggle, right? Yet it is so hard to actually believe that.
The subject had been on my mind for a while (and still is), and I had been praying over and over again that God would help me to become the kind of person He wants me to be. I wanted to “find favor in the sight of God and man.” However, I was getting caught up in how an action made me look, rather than doing it simply because He was asking me to. It was about appearance more than obedience. I was seeking affirmation that I was doing something right, because let’s be honest–being a Christian is hard sometimes. It’s hard to discipline yourself to follow after Jesus day after day after day when you aren’t seeing the fruit of your labor.
I came to the end of the journal page, writing lyrics from a song we had sung in chapel. As I turned the page to continue writing, I read the verse at the bottom (because my journal has verses in it) and my heart dropped. I couldn’t believe what passage was right there, staring me in the face.
Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.Proverbs 3:3-4
Reading those words was like hearing the voice of God in that moment. I stopped writing and just let them sink in.
I knew right then that God had been watching over every one of my actions and that He was pleased. I felt an affirmation that my love was steadfast and that my faithfulness was worthwhile. That second sentence gave me so much hope, because it contained the very words I had been praying: “So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.”
That’s not to say that I was doing everything perfectly–not even close. And it doesn’t mean that God was promising me success in the form of fame or fortune. But what it did mean to me was that God was hearing my prayers and paying attention. He is a rewarder of those who seek Him, and nothing we do goes unnoticed.
Maybe you’re finding yourself in an exhausting situation, and you want to quit. You aren’t sure if it’s worth the effort or even if it’s making a difference. Can I just encourage you to keep going? If God has called you to do that task, He will give you the strength to accomplish it. Where the will of God guides, the grace of God provides.
Sometimes we have to take things one day at a time. It’s okay to just put one foot in front of the other, as long as we keep moving forward. Every day on this earth is one day closer to the return of Jesus. How devastating would it be if we gave up today, and weren’t at our post should He come back tomorrow?
God has promised to be with us until the end, and He is looking for people who will follow Him all the way. He doesn’t want half-hearted Christians or Christians who back out when life gets hard. Jesus said we would face trials–but He also said we would overcome them.
Paul writes in the book of Galatians that we will reap what we sow: if we sow to the flesh, we will reap corruption. But if we sow to the Spirit, we will reap life everlasting.
So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up.Galatians 6:9
We could be one step away from hearing “well done, good and faithful servant.”
So as hard as it may be sometimes, and as much as we may want to give into our flesh, let us keep going. May we not let steadfast love and faithfulness forsake us; may we write them on the tablets of our hearts–one day at a time.