These days a lot of people are on shaky mental-emotional ground. I recently heard the phrase ‘the spiral of exhaustion.’
Here’s a part of my concern: When we are exhausted, we start to doubt ourselves; we start to question who we are; and we are more susceptible to untruth.
You make a mistake and then you beat yourself up. Someone accuses you of something. Maybe you lose your job. You say the wrong thing and are on the outs with people who previously liked you. You go online and get sucked into the comparison trap. You try to do better but miss the mark and then shame yourself. Or you don’t plan well and let people down—again. You start to think that God would never notice a silly simpleton like you.
Let me repeat. When we are exhausted, we start to doubt ourselves; we start to question who we are; and we are more susceptible to untruth.
To that the Word of God says, “No”!
The source and security of our dignity is Christ our King.
Why is he the source of our dignity? Because our King shares his royal pedigree with his subjects. Why is he able to secure our dignity? Because he is stronger than anyone who might threaten to take it away. “…the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
Don’t let exhaustion open the door to untruth. The source and security of your dignity is Christ your King.
–The Up Devotional will go on pause next week (Feb 14-18) while I’m on a ‘study leave’ and working on a writing project. Back issues can be found here.
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.