Do you ever fear your life will be evaluated by your worst moments? We humans tend to be so critical of each other. President Nixon will forever be remembered as the only President to resign. Yes, he messed up. Watergate was a huge error in judgement. Yet, he ended the American involvement in the Vietnam War and ended the draft. He lowered tensions between the US and China and Russia. He put in place new anticrime laws, environmental programs, etc. He had some great successes while in office. Yet these successes are largely forgotten by the American public.
The Bible leads me to believe that God doesn’t evaluate us on our worst moments. I was reading through James and he mentioned Job as an example of someone who endured suffering with great patience. “We give great honor to those who endure under suffering. For instance, you know about Job, a man of great endurance…” (James 5:11a NLT)
James doesn’t mention any thing about Job getting impatient with God. After he endured trial after trial, he did reach the end of his patience. Job felt he was completely innocent. He wanted God to justify his actions. “Even today my complaint is bitter; his hand is heavy in spite of my groaning. If only I knew where to find him; if only I could go to his dwelling! I would state my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments.” (Job 23:2-4 NIV) “As surely as God lives, who has denied me justice, the Almighty, who has made my life bitter, as long as I have life within me, the breath of God in my nostrils, my lips will not say anything wicked, and my tongue will not utter lies.” (Job 27:2-4 NIV)
James focused on Job’s good moments of patience under trial. James summed him up as a patient man, even though Job didn’t stay patient the entire time. Job wasn’t judged by his worst moments but his best.
That brings me great comfort. It reminds me once again that because of Jesus, I am evaluated for my best moments. When I am tempted to think about my failures and live in regret, I am reminded God looks at me through different eyes. On the day of judgement, I will be rewarded for my best moments, not shamed for my worst. It doesn’t mean I can do whatever I want. But it encourages me to ask for help to create more best moments for God’s glory.
Do you have regrets from your past? Let them go. If you need to confess and ask for forgiveness, do it. Do you fear God will zero in on your failures? Be encouraged! God will zero in on your best moments that glorify him!
I hope that these posts are encouraging you and helping you grow closer in your relationship with God. I would really love your questions and comments. I am open to talking about anything you want! I would also appreciate it if you would share with others and like my page. Have a great Labor Day!