Will I Ever Be Good Enough?

What a question. It’s deep, it’s emotional, it’s raw, and it’s something that we have all asked at some point in our lives.

I hope that when you asked this, the answer you got was ‘yes‘. If directly or indirectly you got a ‘no‘, if you feel like you will never be good enough, you find yourself in good company here. 

Job replies to Bildad (ch.8) and says,

Truly I know that it is so:
But how can a man be in the right before God?

Job 9.2

This is a process that we all work through, isn’t it? 

We accept that the world was made. We accept that the world was made by an all-powerful creator God. We accept that this all-powerful creator God is uniquely holy and pure. We accept that, by nature, we are not. We question, will I ever be good enough for this all-powerful, creator God who is uniquely holy and pure?

The answer is that alone, left to your own devices, no, you won’t be. You never will be. This is bad news.

We many look at others and appear humanly righteous, as people like Noah (Genesis 7.1) and Job himself (1.1) were. But, bigger picture, compared to the uniquely holy and pure righteousness of God, are we? Can we ever be good enough?

There will only ever be one way that God looks at you and declares you righteous – faith in Jesus.

As by nature we are all broken and sinful, by faith we are declared righteous (Romans 5.19).

There will always be others around us to whom we can point and say look, see, I am more righteous than him/her. Does this make us good enough? 

With faith in Jesus, you have the only thing you ever need to be good enough for our all-powerful creator God who is uniquely and totally holy and pure. This is the Good News!

Why Go On?

Since our last big question, Job’s friends have heard of the tragedy (2.11), and have come to provide comfort through their presence (2.13). This is so important when people are suffering; just be there.

Don’t worry about having profound insights to share, just be there.

Don’t try to throw a Bible verse at them to fix everything, just be there with them in their grief.

As we move into chapter 3, Job starts a lament and brings up today’s big question – why go on?

“Why is light given to him who is in misery,
and life to the bitter in soul,
who long for death, but it comes not,
and dig for it more than for hidden treasures,
who rejoice exceedingly
and are glad when they find the grave?
Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden,
whom God has hedged in?

Job 3.20-23

When he says ‘why is light given‘, he is simply asking ‘why go on‘? Why do my eyes still open? Why am I still living? Why, when I am so miserable, and my life is so bitter, should I go on? Why should I go on when I feel so hedged in, so constricted, when death seems like a better option? Job isn’t, so I read, seriously thinking about committing suicide, simply pouring out his deep and raw emotions (EnduringWord).

Friends – taking your own life is never the answer. 

We see in Revelation 9.6 that things will get so bad during the last days that people will seek death. This has to be right up there with the Devil’s greatest lies – death will be a sweet release and you will go to a better place. This is a plague of demonic deception on our world – kill yourself and it will all be better. Job is not seriously considering this (1.8), but sadly many do, and many see it through. 

So, why go on?

First, the idea that your life is worthless is a lie. You are made in the image of God (Genesis 1.27), and this means your life has inherent and intrinsic value. Simply being alive is evidence that you matter, that you have worth, and that you should be alive. There are no mistakes made by the Lord, you are no accident.

Second, you are loved. You are known, loved, and valued by the creator of heaven and earth. You are so loved that He personally took action to reveal Himself to you so that you can begin to seek Him and pursue relationship with Him, and He went even further and opened the door to that relationship by sending Jesus.

Light is given, you are alive for this very purpose – to know of, to grow in relationship with, and to be loved by God. Feeling strong emotions is ok (3.24-26), expressing them is ok, talking about them is ok. 

It’s ok to not be ok.

Talk to someone about how you feel.

Reach out to someone about not being ok.

If this is how you feel, this will never change the truth that you are loved, that you matter, that your life has value and worth and dignity, and that Jesus died for you. That is why we go on.

Amos 9.5-10 – All one

In vv.5-6 we see the absolute sovereignty of God, His supreme power and authority over His creation. He touches the earth and it melts, He built heaven and earth, and He commands the waters of the sea with His voice.

Our focus today will be vv.7-8,

“Are you not like the Cushites to me,

O people of Israel?” declares the LORD.

“Did I not bring up Israel from the land of Egypt,

and the Philistines from Caphtor and the Syrians from Kir?

Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon the sinful kingdom,

and I will destroy it from the surface of the ground,

except that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob,”

declares the LORD.

Cushites were those people from Ethiopia, and Israel had a false and misguided thought that they were a small and insignificant nation, therefore of lesser value. So, when we read

“Are you not like the Cushites to me,

O people of Israel?” declares the LORD.,

this is God showing them that, really, we are all small and insignificant in equal measure.

We know His Word to us tells us that there is no Jew, no Greek, no slave, no free, no male, no female, no Cushite, no British, no American, no South African, for we are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3.28).

That is where we find our value, not in the colour of our passport or the colour of our skin.

Those that are God’s people have an eternal security regardless of where they are from, and even though tough times will come, we shall never be shaken free from the grip of the Lord our God (v.9).