When I am feeling worthless Isaiah 43 is a good chapter for me to read and restore my vision of who God wants me to be. Of course, I revise it to the first person to get a personal lesson from it.
The chapter begins by assuring me that because He created and formed me, I have no reason to fear. He didn’t use a person-mold to create yet another human. He took the time to form and shape me into who I was meant to be. And He didn’t turn me loose on my own; He is with me in all my troubles and woes.
Verse 3 explains why He stays with me; “For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your savior.” Wow, He is the one true God and in verse 4 He says that I am “precious and honored in His sight, because He loves me.” How can I be down on myself when God says I am precious and honored? Or when the one true God loves me?
Not only did He create and form me but He also chose me. (vs. 10) He picked me out and said, “I want that one.” He wants me to be a witness and servant for Him. And what do I get? I will know, believe and understand that He is the God of creation. He formed me that I may proclaim His praise. (vs. 21)
When I know and believe, He “blots out my transgressions…and remembers my sin no more.” (vs. 25) Does He do it because I am good? No. He does it so I will give Him the praise and honor that He deserves.
The God of the Universe made me to worship Him. I can’t do that when I am moaning about myself. When I do what I was designed to do – worship God—I feel better about myself and everything around me.
What scripture do you go to when you are feeling down?
When I am feeling down and worthless, the last chapter in the Bible, Revelation 22, encourages me. No matter what happens, Jesus is returning soon. It is His timetable, not mine, but I know He is in complete control in all that happens, and Soon He will be back so we can see it in truth, not just in faith.
Knowing He is in control is comforting. Just to sit down and read the Bible is a good way to get a negative attitude under control.