You were made to shine
You were made for life
Even if you’ve lost your way
Turn and you will hear love say
You were made for more, so much more
Child of everlasting light
Made to blaze away the night
So baby burn bright
You can rise up from the ashes
Make something beautiful of all the broken pieces
And I’m believing you’ll come running
Into the arms of Jesus
These lyrics fell upon my ears in the perfect timing of God, as is His style! As I interact with our youth (my son, my students, all of our children at church, and so many more), I see more and more how much hurt they carry! So many of our young people are blinded to how precious they truly are! They are broken by unrealistic expectations (even self-perceived expectations) of parents, family, friends and peers, and even our society as a whole.
How can we pour into this generation and those generations to come in a way that will break these lies the enemy feeds them? We are so far from worthless that we are priceless! Jesus showed us just how precious He views us when He chose to carry our sins and faults to the cross and into hell. He showed us how much LOVE He has for each of us when He defeated death and broke the gates of hell! He alone has paved the way to bring us into fellowship with the God of this universe!
It took me so long to learn and own that truth! I claimed Jesus as my Savior when I was 12, but I was in my upper 20’s when I realized that I AM a creation of God! That His works are WONDERFUL! Therefore, since I am one of His works, He must view me as wonderful! And you know what? He views YOU as WONDERFUL as well! When we are washed in the blood of the Lamb, we are clean from sin. We are spotless and perfect in the eyes of God. The filth of our sin is removed. Jesus carried it away as far as the east is from the west!
Too often we try to earn affection and worth when in the kingdom of God, it is freely given! We struggle so hard for something that is so simply attained through Faith in Jesus Christ alone. Why? The enemy blinds us to that truth. He whispers lies to us, just as he did to Eve in the Garden of Eden as she stared at the forbidden fruit.
So I pray for our youth. May you see and experience God’s love for you, even through the pain and grief we find in this world. May you know that you do not walk alone, and that we just simply turn to find our Savior by our side the whole time.
The Truth of God’s Word is so evident in this area! James 4 shows us just how much we are battling against the lies, and just how close our God is to us in this battle. We truly do not fight alone!
“What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” (James 4:1-10)
So when we feel alone, lost, broken, and grieved, pray against the darkness! Pick up God’s Armor (Ephesians 6:10-20).
And remember, in our darkest moments is when we are held, caught in God’s safety net, even when we don’t realize it until years later.