Day 10: Facing Judgement

copy-of-copy-of-salvation-1

Inspirational Thought of the Day:

Hope was never meant to come from man, for we were made for another world where hope never fades or disappoints.

Scripture of the Day:

Psalm 25:3

“No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame.”

Distractions from our healing come from familiar places. Wanting to be accepted and feeling ashamed of our troubles only causes further devastation when wagging tongues share our hurt far and wide. Slander and libel only make matters worse. Multiply the devastation many times over for someone who naturally is a people pleaser. What is God’s purpose in this? God’s people know what it is like to be mischaracterized or misjudged.

Proverbs 19:22 says what a person desires is unfailing love, but so often a critical spirit is more plentiful. Just to be accepted for who we are – in all our quirks and individuality – is a deep desire God placed within us.

The longing to be “ok” is aggravated by an inconsistent world where normal doesn’t truly exist. While man still feels the need to compare and judge, God is calling out to our souls with a message of unconditional love and acceptance.

Whether we have suffered a traumatic event or not, our hope takes some bruises along the road of life. Probably one of the most painful aspects of recovering our hope is the people around us who keep us in a place of hopelessness by their judgment. We cannot stand up to judgment when it is not based in reality. The only way to overcome self-judgment and the judgment of others is to lay it down.

How? The Bible says an underserved curse falls right off our shoulder and that we ought not to let another man judge us (Colossians 2:16). The choice is ours. Sometimes we continue to pick it back up, punishing ourselves. If we are not careful, this judgement forms a deep shame within us that brings deep discouragement that seems irreparable.

When my children and I were thrust into our new reality, the one place where we should have felt safe – church – became a painful place. We felt less than, isolated and categorized in a group of “those” people. Sometimes people mean well, but don’t see that they are actually worsening the situation.

When people tread in the place of thinking they know another person’s heart they stand dangerously in a position of self-righteous pride. They cannot walk in another person’s shoes and certainly cannot be their Holy Spirit.

In those times when we feel misunderstood, our hope for acceptance can be laid on the altar and we can pick up Christ’s view of us, instead. Laying down the idol of the opinion of man, we start to see our hope was in the wrong place to begin with.

Reinvented hope does not need what it used to – it’s foundation is in a completely different place and it’s goal has shifted to being all for God’s glory.

Haughty stares and people gossiping behind our back can still bum us out, but now we know where our real hope comes from. Hope was never meant to come from man, for we were made for another world where hope never fades or disappoints.

Lord, thank You for covering our shame and exposing us to Your abiding hope, instead.

5 thoughts on “Day 10: Facing Judgement

  1. Pingback: 31 Days of Reinventing Our Hope in God | Seeing Deep Blog by Denise Pass

  2. Pingback: Day 31: 31 Days of Reinvented Hope …How Was It? | Seeing Deep Blog by Denise Pass

  3. Day 10
    Got a few hours good sleep.
    I couldn’t return to my church also.
    I was so blind with my misery that I couldn’t see how my kids were fed with the words from others. Instead of being taught the words of the LORD. They were taught to accept the world.

    Everybody I know even the closest one is a hypocrite. And encourage me instead to accept the world perceptions. That It is okay to be a gay. It is okay to commit adultery and it is okay to commit fornicator. And to accept the transgender. Because GOD is love so we shall love them and accept them and adjust our life to fit . To pick the certain scriptutes so what ever I did would be okay . What ever happened to my children will be okay. How truly sadden me and let me drown into deep sorrow that only LORD GOD can be my comforter. Oh LORD….how great thou art. I rather live in this storm and be closed with thee than pretending that everything is okay.

    Like

    • Ing –
      So grateful you are faithfully going through the Hope Reinvented 31 Day devotional. I know God is working. I agree with you that the world is relativistic and winks at sin. We have got to stand firm in this age and pray and be a light no matter what others do. God is indeed your comfort. Keep seeking His face and do not grow weary. He is faithful and rewards those who earnestly seek Him!

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s