And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:12
In this day and age dominated by social media, it is easy to become susceptible to seeking validation from others. Whether consciously or subconsciously, our sense of self-worth can even feel tied to whether we have an ample number of likes or followers on these social platforms. The most important validation we can receive is the validation that comes from within however!
During creation, God had no one around to validate the marvelous things He made. Nonetheless, God said within Himself, "It is good." The validation God received came from within and not from external approval or sources. Similarly, after Jesus's baptism, Jesus heard a voice from heaven that stated, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased" (Matthew 3:17)! The Bible does not record that anyone else necessarily heard the voice but Jesus heard it and His approval and validation came from no one but God!
We too are created in the image and likeness of God! We also can be assured that we are complete and whole whether or not we are receiving the applause and acceptance of people. Remember that you are complete today regardless of whether anyone affirms you and then you can rest in the validation that comes only from within!
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7).
Notice that today's verse of Scripture does not say that we are as other people think about us but that we are as we think about ourselves! Essentially, the opinions of others do not matter! We are who God says we are and who we think we are, not who others say or think we are!
In the book of Numbers when the 12 spies were sent to spy out the land God promised to give the people of Israel, 10 of the spies bought back a fear filled report to Moses saying that they could not take the land (Numbers 13:28-32). God had previously stated that He had (past tense) given the people the land. Nonetheless, the 10 fearful spies in the thirteenth chapter of Numbers said, "And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight" (Numbers 13:33). These negative thinking spies allowed the way they "thought" people saw them to determine how they felt about themselves. Again, we are not who people think we are or how we feel people may see us but we are who God says we are. Remember that God says you are more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37), you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14), and that you are accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:6). Receive it on today!
And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. Romans 4:21
Sadly, too many Christians believe the burden is on their shoulders to bring about God's promises in their lives. They try to "live right," sow more financial seeds, or conjure up their own human faith in order to bring about God's promises in His Word or promises He has personally spoken to their heart to pass. These actions lead to frustration, despair, and often self- condemnation. They lead to condemnation because when the promises do not manifest, they blame themselves for not praying harder, for being in sin, or falling short of some other religious obligation. However, the Bible is clear that God's yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:30). It is also clear that He who has begun a good work in you will continue it (Philippians 1:6). It is not our job to bring God's promises to pass but simply to believe in His ability to bring them to
pass. We are to simply rest in His grace and Christ's finished work (John 19:30) on the cross! He is able to bring His promises to pass in your life!