God asked a question in Psalm 4:2 (NKJV) that seems appropriate for women today: “How long …will you turn my glory to shame? How long will you love unworthiness and seek falsehood?”
Ladies, how long will you believe the lie that you are unworthy? You must believe the glory of the Lord covers you, rather than allowing the shame of your past to block it. The verse says, “and seek falsehood,” which means you are looking for the lie. Is the spirit of unworthiness so prevalent that you would embrace a lie rather than truth? The worthlessness you feel is not from God. The Bible says, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy” (John 10:10). Jesus came that you may have life and have it more abundantly.
Let’s explore how worthlessness creeps in. First, it can come from the spirit of inadequacy, where you don’t feel you can ever measure up. You feel incompetent about certain tasks and have reservations about your ability to complete those tasks. Another inroad to unworthy feelings is fear. Once you understand you are a child of Jehovah Jireh, the Lord your provider, you have no need to be afraid. The Bible says take no anxious thought because He is with you (Isaiah 41:10).
At times, your thinking can be so distorted that you sink into feeling unworthy because of a mistake or when you sin against God. The prodigal son made a mistake. Yes, he messed up. But in Luke 15:18-19, he said, “I will rise and go to my father, and will say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.’”
You have made some mistakes, and because you are flesh, you will continue to make them. But there’s good news: confess your mistakes like the prodigal son, and you will be accepted by the Father—with a reconciliation party in heaven in your honor. Because He loves you, God’s arms are always open. You are His daughter.
Worthlessness can also manifest when you set expectations beyond your reach or attempt to satisfy unrealistic expectations from others. Those who claim to know how you feel or what they would do if they were you will never be you. “Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord” (Psalm 31:24).
How many times have you believed you don’t deserve to be happy, successful, or stress-free? Are you anxious, focused on the crushing calamities of your circumstances rather than the calming caress of Christ? Call on Him in your day of trouble. He will deliver you, and you will glorify Him.
If you see worthlessness as an enemy in the battle to control your emotions and your thinking, call on Jehovah Tsaba, the Lord your warrior, and let Him fight your battle. You have His protection when you walk with the Lord.
God will preserve, provide for, and protect you. He has promised His presence in your life through the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. You are His child, and He declared you worthy when He died on the cross for you. Nothing can separate you from the love of God. Be encouraged, ladies!
by Gerald Bower