4 Truths to Hold Onto When You Think You’ve Let God Down

when you think you've let God down


One weekday morning several months ago, I woke up to a familiar tune. In my grogginess I realized my husband had personalized the alarm on my phone.

He can be sweet that way sometimes. He knew the words of Tenth Avenue North’s By Your Side held a reminder I desperately needed. A reminder that his grace covers me, that I don’t need to strive to attain his love.

I’d fallen into the old, familiar habit of running again and the lyrics of the song washed over me like raindrops on arid soil.

Why are you striving these days

Why are you trying to earn grace

To where will you go, child,

Tell me where will you run

Where will you run?

We have a tendency to run from what we don’t understand, don’t we? We can’t comprehend how God could love us despite all of the mistakes we’ve made and the times we’ve messed it all up, so we fight it.

We struggle against his grace when all He wants to do is wrap us in it. (Tweet that)

I tend to fight Him most when I feel as though I’ve let someone down. My people pleasing tendencies lead me to believe I have to be everything to everyone, and when I can’t, I assume God must be unhappy too.

Right? I mean, surely. It makes perfect sense. Um no, and therein lies the problem. Because God’s grace doesn’t make sense.

God doesn’t expect us to please every single person in our life. He simply wants us to abide in his love.

When we quit striving to understand his grace, we can finally accept it. (Tweet that)

We can lift our hands and simply say, “Thank you. Thank you for covering me even though I don’t deserve it.”

Today, let’s not forget that faith, by definition, means trusting what we don’t fully understand. It means putting our hope in what we don’t see, but will one day behold completely.

4 truths when you think you've let God down

Here are four truths to hold onto when you think you’ve let God down:

  1. God’s approval has nothing to do with the approval of others. (Tweet that)

Others may turn their backs on you, walk away, or gossip. Do you know who endured similar ridicule and abandonment? Jesus. Paul says it best in Galatians:

“If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10 NIV

  1. God’s approval has nothing to do with your good works.

He paid the price on Calvary. Do you think he would have endured the nails if there was something you could do to pay your own way? The good works we do are works He planned. (Ephesians 2:10) His Spirit empowers us, not our own strength.

  1. God’s not going to let you go. He’s placed his seal on you, and his seal is eternal.

Once you accepted Him, he placed his Spirit with in you. That’s his seal, friend. (2 Corinthians 1:21) It’s a deposit guaranteeing when Jesus Christ appears, he will look at you and say, “She’s mine.” You can grieve Him, but God will always go after his wandering sheep.

  1. God doesn’t look at your past sin.

Once we confess it, he remembers it no more. (Psalm 103:12) Not because he can’t, but he chooses not to. He gives you a fresh slate, made clean by the blood of his precious son. So why do we continue to dwell on sin he’s already forgiven?

Friends, when we soak in the truth of God’s love, it changes us. It strengthens us to stand firm against the lies we hear every day and the attacks of the one who wants to defeat us.

Let his grace permeate your defenses today. And when it does, thank Him for the victory we have in Him alone.

 

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11 thoughts on “4 Truths to Hold Onto When You Think You’ve Let God Down

  1. Abby,
    I love the lyrics of that song, probably because I live them and do have to ask myself, “Why am I striving so much?” Learning and trusting that there is not a way possible that I could disappoint God, has been a lifelong learning lesson. Trusting when I can’t see what lies ahead, presents a whole new set of challenges. I keep trying to remember that God is constant and steady. His love and grace are constant and steady…He is not fickle like I am…praise for that!!
    Blessings and a joyous Easter,
    Bev xx

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  2. Abby,
    This is such a touching story. I love that song by 10th Avenue North and I love that your husband did such a sweet act of love! Your four points are so so SO good. My favorite is #3 -“God’s not going to let you go. He’s placed his seal on you, and his seal is eternal.”
    There was a season in my growth as my daughter’s Mama that I repeated that to myself over and over and over again. The kind of mother I needed to be for her was not natural to me. It felt different or even wrong and would really deplete me. Then I would have those moments where I ached for the thoughts or feelings I had or for when I would have moments of losing my temper. I would claim my heart as sealed by Him and no one else. It reminded me of His unfailing love, as well as protect me from the enemy. With God’s seal, the enemy had no way to grab a foothold in me!
    Thanks so much, sweet friend! I was so blessed by this!

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    • Thank you for your sweet encouragement and for sharing some of your story, Lori. Praying you have a joyous Easter. Always blessed to hear from you!

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  3. “I tend to fight Him most when I feel as though I’ve let someone down. My people pleasing tendencies lead me to believe I have to be everything to everyone, and when I can’t, I assume God must be unhappy too.”
    What a realization for me. Thank you for sharing your heart.

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