In the last few days I’ve been struck by two ways to know what God thinks of me. They sound similar yet carry different meanings.
The first came from a devotional that highlighted Hebrews 11:16:
But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
To be clear, no, Hebrews 11 is not about me. It’s a list recalling Old Testament lives of faith. And the writer pauses in the list to say, “God was not ashamed to be called their God.” Why? Their faith. Their faith to build an ark. Their faith to leave their families. Their faith to wait. Their faith to give up everything. Their faith to trust. Their faith to desire heaven over earth.
When I have and act by that kind of faith, I know God is not ashamed of me.
The second came from the book I’m reading by J. Paul Nyquist, Prepare.
“God never blesses anyone or anything He doesn’t approve of.”
Nyquist says this based on the beatitude: “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.” (Matthew 5:11) He begins chapter four of his book with this verse to support that persecution isn’t a curse but a blessing. So in the face of false accusation, reviling, and evil, I can know God approves of me.
When I face evil attacks, I know God approves of me.
I don’t have to doubt what God thinks of me when my faith is steadfast. He approves. He is not ashamed.
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