Happy Sunday! I hope you’re having an awesome Labor Day Weekend. I’ve spent my weekend working, booking college tours, and spending lots of time in the Bible! Today I’m sharing a verse that I’ve been really loving lately in another volume of my ongoing “Scripture Sunday” series. Enjoy!
Psalm 119:50; This is my comfort in my affliction; that Your promise gives me life.
You know that feeling that you’re all alone? That no one sees your struggles or that they don’t understand the innocence of your intentions when things turn out badly? I have no doubt that we all have days where we feel broken with heavy levels of disappointment, sadness, frustration, or just general darkness. When thinking about the word “affliction,” my mind flies pretty quickly to the minor yet frequent afflictions of the midwinter days of my junior year. In the midst of lacrosse season and a heavy course load, I felt like nothing in my life was where it should be. I didn’t get much playing time in lacrosse games, my grades weren’t up to my expectations, and my social life wasn’t necessarily thriving either considering I rarely had weekend plans. When I looked around at worldly things and searched for a place where I was really doing well and could find my identity, there wasn’t one.
My biggest piece of advice to any teenage girl (or anyone for that matter) in this day and age is to stop seeking your identity here on earth. If you find your value in the attention you get from guys or your class rank, you’ll hit the ground hard when you break up with your boyfriend or perform poorly on a test. So, where are you supposed to find your worth? The answer is in being His child. As I mentioned in my previous “Scripture Sunday” and I’m sure in countless volumes before, Scripture constantly points to the fact that our identity and the source of our value in God’s eyes is simply that we belong to Him.
I came across Psalm 119:50 while reading my devotional yesterday and it hit me hard. The verse reads “This is my comfort in my affliction; that Your promise gives me life.” In our darkest days, we can find comfort in the fact that His promise, which is honest and eternal, gives us real life. You read that right; full life doesn’t come from your soccer stats or GPA, but from His promise of eternal life and unconditional love. On days when I feel down or worthless, I turn to Scripture where I find constant reminders that I am who He says I am and that He gives me life. I can’t think of any better remedy for emotional pain than a promise of everlasting love taller and wider than we could ever comprehend.
This week, remember where your comfort should be coming from – not from temporary worldly things, but from His promise. Remember that His love is the greatest you’ll ever know and that it’s more than worth holding onto! He meets you where you are, even in your life’s valleys. You don’t have to earn His love and that’s one of His greatest gifts to us.
Thanks for reading! Have a blessed week!