Today's Verse

He will show how much he loves you and how happy he is with you. He will laugh and be happy about you, like people at a party. — Zephaniah 3:17 ERV

Devotion

You've stepped out in faith. You've stepped out in faith and fired up the anointings and the gifts that God has given to you. (II Timothy 1:6) You're putting them into practice. People are being helped by you. You've found your position and place in the Body of Christ and you're making a difference. True, you're not perfect and you've made some mistakes, but there's no question that any fair-minded assessment of your contribution would be positive. A fair-minded assessment would say that you're an amazing gift to the Body of Christ.

That's why the criticism you've received is so disheartening to you. There are some that have even rejected you outright. Instead of being fair-minded by focusing on the great things you've done, they focus on your mistakes. They blow them up out of all proportion. They use them to try and get you removed from your position. If truth be told, they have gotten to you. They have made you question everything you're doing and your right to do it. The rejection they've sent your way has begun to seep into your soul. There is a danger that self-rejection will become a problem.

Before you go that far, however, consider the words of our verse for today. They may have rejected you, but God hasn't. They may be sending a lot of hate your way, but God is sending a lot of love. Indeed, they may be focusing on your mistakes, but God is showing how happy He is with you. He's still showing you the way He wants you to go. He's still giving you the spiritual wherewithal to do the things He wants you to do. He hasn't left you. It's just the opposite. He's showing you how to handle your adversaries.

That's why you can't let them get to you. That's why you can't let them define who you are and what you should be doing with your life. God does that, not them. God is the one you need to look to, not them. And God is happy with you. He's happy to the point of laughter with you.

Your adversaries may be ready to throw you out, but God is ready to throw you a party.

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