May those who long for your saving help always say, “The Lord is great!” (Ps. 40:16)
Writing often leaves me feeling exposed. I’m a people-pleaser at heart, so when God often asks me to share something that might ruffle some feathers, I hesitate. I weigh the risk of leaving my heart exposed. But the reality is that no matter what story I tell and with how much grace I tell it, someone will inevitably furrow her brow and decide to unfollow me. And I shouldn’t be surprised because God is pretty clear that we should expect opposition in this life (see 2 Tim. 3:12).
Vulnerability comes with risks. Sharing about our struggles or about God’s triumphs will inevitably leave someone disgruntled, and that someone may even go on the offensive. They will watch for that moment when you slip up. They will point out your flaws and discredit your reputation. And like David, in these moments of opposition we must choose to seek God anyway, to keep saying “God is great!” when everyone else is saying we are not.
Because the reality is that, left alone, we are not enough. We are flawed. We are selfish. We are prone to saying the wrong thing at the wrong time in the wrong way. But when we keep turning back to God and find our identities in him, we are enough. We become a beautiful piece of his tapestry that proclaims “God is good!” even in the midst of protesters.
Find your identity in the One who is enough.
Sarah E. Westfall writes and speaks about seeing God in the beautiful, broken, and in-between places in life. She resides in Indiana with her husband, Ben, and their four boys.
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Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.