Self Aware – Part 2
Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 24:8-19
Key verse: 1 Samuel 24:17
“You are more righteous than I,” he said. “You have treated me well, but I have treated you badly.
As we continue our study from yesterday’s devotional, let’s look at how to be aware of our own worth in practical terms. It starts by recognizing areas where we struggle. King Saul had his moments when he saw his own weaknesses. Unfortunately, he did not make good decisions to deal with them.
What areas have you noticed that give you negative thoughts about yourself? Maybe, like King Saul, you have had some self-aware moments of jealousy. These moments are the telling moments that your self-worth is broken. This is when we must turn quickly to God, thanking Him for His loving kindness to us. Jealousy of another person reveals our own inadequate view of ourselves. These are times we must turn to God’s Word to remind us of our worth in His sight; maybe turn to Psalm 130 and be reminded that is was God who knit you together in your mother’s womb and that God fearfully and wonderfully created you (1 Samuel 24:13-14).
Another sign to watch for is how you describe others around you. King Saul said to David, “You are more righteous than I.” God wants us to realize that though we should encourage others with our words, it shouldn’t be in a way that puts ourselves down. It is not honoring to our Father in Heaven to say negative things about ourselves. We grow stronger by believing in our worth in God’s eyes.
Father, I trust your opinion of me, even when I don’t understand it or see it. Thank you for that. I am the “apple of your eyes” (Psalm 17:8). In Jesus’ name, amen.