God is Proud of You

Isaiah 43:4

I couldn’t believe what I’d just heard.

I was having lunch with my friends who are missionaries in El Salvador. For about an hour, we shared what the Lord is doing in our lives. Mostly, I just sat and listened, gleaning from their godly wisdom. I soaked in their passion for ministering to hurting people, secretly hoping it would rub off on me. Then, as we said good-bye, my eyebrows raised when I heard, “We’re proud of you.”

What?! I thought. They’re proud of ME? No, no! It’s the other way around!

What I wanted to say was, “It’s your commitment to the poor that touches my heart deeply! It’s your tenacity to share the gospel in one of the most dangerous countries in the world that challenges me! It’s your faithfulness to share the love of Christ that reminds me to reach out to others! I’m so proud of YOU!”

But I didn’t. I was too shocked to speak. As I drove home, I wondered, Were they praising my achievement of being a bestselling author of two books? Patting me on the back for having a successful online Daniel Fast ministry? Applauding my abilities as a speaker?

No, I don’t think so. I doubt that their affirmation was prompted by any accomplishment or accolade. Instead, they wanted to communicate, “We’re proud of who you are. We see the Lord at work in your life, and we thank Him for what He’s doing.”

I thought about those four words several times throughout the day. Such an unexpected gift from my dear friends. Such a priceless treasure I will hold in my heart always. Then I realized that their declaration was God’s message to me as well.  

The Lord is proud of me simply because I’m His child. I belong to Him, and He thinks I’m pretty special. My heavenly Father loves me when I’m generous and kind. He loves me when I’m selfish and mean. God doesn’t focus on all the bad stuff when He looks at my life. That sin has been covered by the cross! What He does see is His beloved Son, Jesus, and He is well pleased.

If you’ve been born again – if you’ve accepted God’s gift of salvation – the Lord sees you the same way! Your Father wants you to know that He’s proud of who you are! You’re precious and valuable, not because of anything you’ve done, but because you’re His.

The message the Lord spoke to my heart is also meant for you: 

“You are precious and honored in my sight, and…I love you” (Is. 43:4).

Receive those words as God’s gift to you today!

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Comments

  1. Elsie Moody says:

    What a beautiful blog! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  2. Great words Kristen. Love the ministry you have here. Your recipes have been a go-to, huge help while we’re on the Daniel Fast!!

  3. Amen, i receive this for me and my family, in Jesus name AMEN! Thank you for sharing this!

  4. I felt such joy in my spirit as I read the comments in your website. Thank you for blessing us and encouraging others on the Daniel Fast. I’m on day 13 and yes this can become my lifestyle. May the Lord continue to guide you and reveal himself to you in greater ways.

    • Hi, Carmen! Thanks for your comments. May God strengthen you with power on your fast. I pray you are filled with His joy and peace as you trust in Him!

  5. Praise God for meeting us at our level. But the best thing about that is He doesn’t leave us there, He wants to continue to mold us to become more and more like Him! Giving my life to Him and getting baptized was only the beginning of my transformation. He continues to work in all of our hearts! What an amazing God we serve!!
    But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the Glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18

  6. What a wonderful reminder! This touched my heart very deeply as we can often forget that His love for us is unconditional and that we are indeed precious and honored in his sight, not because of anything we do but because He loved us first. We have a wonderful Father! May God bless you even more!