Day 2: What If I Let God Down?

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)

Thought for the Day: I wept as I realized this would be one of the most significant spiritual journeys of my life. A spiritual journey that would yield great physical benefits.

I recently received an email from a woman who wrote, “Lysa, one of my greatest fears in reading Made to Crave is not just letting myself down, but even worse, letting God down.”

I understand how she feels. When you’ve tried and failed as many times as I have, you start to feel gun-shy about trying again. I’d lose the weight, feel great for a couple of months, deceive myself into thinking I could return to old habits, and all the weight would creep back on. I’d failed at finding lasting victory with every other attempt, even with programs I thought were the sure thing. So, why would this one be any different?

And why in heavens would I want to add spiritual guilt on top of my physical guilt? Why would I risk the shame of making God look bad too?

Guilt wrapped in shame is a terrible burden to carry. Guilt always came when I knew I was making poor choices and could see the scale numbers climbing. Shame came when my weight gain became apparent to everyone else in the world. Battling something so raw, so deeply personal was hard; knowing my failures were apparent to everyone else added humiliation to my toxic stew of emotions.

Yes, the physical struggle was hard enough. I certainly didn’t want to drag down my spiritual life with this struggle as well.

But here’s the problem: whether or not I wanted to admit it, my weight issues were already dragging me down spiritually. When I don’t have peace physically, I don’t have peace spiritually. I can’t separate the two. Nor should I. I need spiritual motivation to step in where my physical determination falls short.

So I started reading the Bible from the perspective of someone struggling with food issues. Though I had read the Bible many times and have even taught Bible studies for years, I’d missed how much God cares about and talks about this issue. Tucked within this book written thousands of years ago are some of the most astounding and life-changing truths directly applicable to this modern-day unhealthy eating epidemic that plagues women.

I wept with joy. I wept with relief. I wept as I realized this would be one of the most significant spiritual journeys of my life. A spiritual journey that would yield great physical benefits. And what about my concerns with letting God down?

My pastor, Steven Furtick, put that to rest one day with a simple but very profound truth, “How can you let God down when you weren’t ever holding Him up?”

I had to choose to operate in the reassurance of God’s love, the remembrance of God’s grace, and the reality of God’s power. And, according to Isaiah 41:10, God is the one holding me up, not the other way around. To that I say, “Amen!”

Dear Lord, this is one of the most significant spiritual journeys of my life. Help me to focus on You as I battle this raw, personal issue. I need You today. In Jesus’
name. Amen.

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Comments

  1. pat campbell says

    This was so good thank you! and I thank our ord for you 🙂

  2. Over the years I have lost, and gained back, 100’s of pounds. I feel like such a failure at times. It has kept me from doing many things and going to events because I could only think of how I looked. All my focus was on my weight. I love the verse for today. I am so thankful for God’s strength and His help. I want so much for my life to be pleasing to Him. Through your Bible Study “Made to Crave” I am growing closer to God and learning to eat healthy. I enjoy spending time in His Word and your Bible Study each morning before I go to work. Thank you so much for the Bible Study and Devotions. I can see myself in so many of the things you talk about. I hope to be able to buy the “Made to Crave Action Plan” soon. I want to replace my food craving with God craving!

    • That is so awesome that the Made to Crave Bible Study is helping yo iso much, Ellen! May God continue to bless you on your journey to replace your food craving with a God craving.

  3. LINDA OGDEN says

    I CANNOT BEGIN TO TELL WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR ME IN MY JOURNEY WITH HIM.THIS IS HIS JOURNEY.I AM A JESUS GIRL LEARNING AWESOME TRUTHS.I HAVE LOST AND GAINED SOOOO MUCH WEIGHT IN MY 60 YEARS.GOD IS SHOWING ME A VICTORY PATH-CHANGING MY OLD HABITS AND WALL PAPERING MY MIND WITH HIS WISDOM.JUST IN THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS I DRANK ICE TEA AND COFFEE WITH NO SPLENDA.NEVER NEVER WOULD I HAVE THOUGHT THIS SUGAR ADDICT WOULD DO THAT.WOW! ON THE HOME I WAS DRIVING TALKING TO MYSELF HOW AMAZING GOD IS AND NOT BELIEVING THAT I WOULD DRINK 1 GLASS BUT 2 UNSWEET TEA.ACROSS THE SKY APPEARED IN THE SKY LOVE GOD.AIRPLANE HAD JUST WROTE THAT IN THE SKY AT THAT MOMENT.IS NOT THIS JOURNEY ABOUT LOVING GOD AND OBEYING HIM?EVERYDAY I AM SEEING MORE BLESSINGS FROM BEING OBEDIENT

  4. Such a painful, RAW and obnoxious affliction. Thanks for the timing, which is God’s of course, and the encouragement. Lots of stress and pain around this issue. Praying for inspiration, strength and deliverance once and for all!!! This has been a lifetime stronghold and intense struggle. I have been so discouraged its awful…. but I keep on pluggiing.. waiting on the Lord..

  5. Sherry Brazzeal says

    A group of women in my church just started this Bible Study on Saturday. Your devotional today surely hits home. Pastor Steve’s remark was very insightful.. I look forward to learning and growing more each day with your book as I lose the weight that has held me down! I thank you so much for being so open with us, and I thank God for putting you in my path.

  6. Charlene Faber says

    I love what Lysa’s pastor told her, “How can you let God down when you weren’t ever holding Him up?”. This simple profound truth has made me stop and think. So God is holding me up & I know He is incapable of letting me down. I can’t wait to start this study at church next month!

  7. Thank you for today message!!! I am reading Made to Crave again. They did it at our Tuesday Womens Bible study. I am on my way lossing weight now. Praise the Lord for all he does for me. I am so thankful.

  8. I bought your book several months ago but I haven’t read it yet for just his reason. I didn’t want to let God down. Your pastor’s statement “How can you let God down when you weren’t ever holding Him up” has really been such a profound statement to me.
    What was I thinking. I’ve just signed up for your emails and I feel it will be such a great help. I will be reading the book this weekend and beginning my journey. Thank you for being my inspiration.

  9. This is so true. We think that we can hold God up and help Him out, but we forget who God is. We forget how amazing He is. We forget that He created us. God is able.

    *God’s Child*

  10. Not a very happy camper this morning. OK, so I can’t let God down. This is encouraging but this morning after a wonderful week of successful days I woke up, knowing I’ve been forgiven for the thousandth time at least and the circle begins again. I’m sorry I pray this is not discouraging anyone, I know with God’s love, help and strength I am going to make it through this…I’m only 17 pounds from my goal and I’ve grown spiritually stronger and wiser. This is just a minor setback. Jesus help me today.

  11. How amazing God is! Just yesterday when I started the 21 day trial I posted that my greatest fear was to disappoint God “when” I failed…..because I always have in the past. As usual when I start to focus on my weight issue I am more aware of my eating and find myself making small changes….BUT the last 24 hrs have been a bit different….I’m more aware of the spiritual aspect of my choices. I want to please God MORE than I want anything else…..I really do. So when I wanted a snack I went for the 100 calorie popcorn instead of the cookies and milk I first went into the kitchen for. I even found myself ask, “Lord is this a better choice?”. I felt at peace when I ate the popcorn and didn’t even finish is or want it much once I sat down to eat….again I wonder, is this you Lord helping me to see what I didn’t even realize before? So today I’m going to meditate on the truth of Day 2’s devotion: How can I “let God down when you weren’t ever holding Him up?” He is the one who is holding me as in His word’s in Isaish 41:10: Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand……awesome truth…..Lord help me to feast on this truth and find comfort and strength for the journey.

  12. That sounds just like me, every word, every struggle. I love the quote from your pastor, I so needed to hear that today! Thank you.

  13. Your devotion today reminds me of Footprints in the Sand. There was only one set of prints and of course we think there ours when actually we’re being carried. We wouldn’t be able to do it on our own and the faster we surrender the faster the healing takes place. Thanks.

  14. So here I sit….after reading day 2’s devotional….and I’m still wondering if I can garner enough trust in God to do this……I start out with great intentions….but it’s always a ‘slow fade’ as Casting Crowns so aptly puts it in their song. Before I even realize it, I’ve sabotaged my best of intentions yet again. How painful to realize that I doubt that God is sufficient to help….I need strength to choose to take captive those negative thoughts and cling to the truth that God loves me and that I do not need to ” fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)

    • Oh Eilish. You keep on keeping on crying out to Jesus about the negative thoughts that need to be taken captive to Jesus and become obedient to Him. Keep asking. Keep seeking. Keeping knocking and that door will be opened to you. He’s done it and is continuing to do it for me. He can and will do it for you. He’s promised. And He never goes back on His word. It’s His faithfulness to you that works. Keep going to Him dear heart.

  15. Roberta Northern says

    This is the first step for me and I am waiting to receive the book that I just purchased online yesterday. Yes, I like this so far the little I am reading to do with this.

  16. So hard, so painful. I am taking just the first step, reading the book. I am afraid. I am embarrassed and all of this is pride. I need so much help. I am afraid to fail as Lysa said.

  17. Today I begin, but not with hope, I feel more dread………….. I am going to spend time in the Word for I do know that is where my hope lies, and will make my body run to prayer in times of frustration, weakness, and feeling of defeat.

  18. Today I begin, but not with hope, I feel more dread………….. I am going to spend time in the Word for I do know that is where my hope lies, and will make my body run to prayer in times of frustration, weakness, and feeling of defeat. The battle begins, flesh vs. spirit So time to feed the spirit!

  19. I am so encouraged by this devotional. I was just wondering if it addresses
    the destructive behavior of a binge/purge individual. I know it’s all related to the
    relationship with food. I just wanted to know if anyone can relate.

    • Today’s devotional and scriptures are so inspiring to me. I suffer from addiction-not food. I’ve been trying to fight it on my own (impossible) I had taken my eyes of the One who can save me. Stepped away for fear of letting Him down, giving Him a bad Name. I even quit carting my purse with the cross or wearing my favorite cross necklace. Now I see how rediculous that is. The enemy had me believing God no longer loved me and I was going to hell. Try as a may to beat this thing. I now see the error of my ways and that I was believing the lies of the enemy. It’s a brand new day filled with hope as I keep my gaze upon Jesus. Only by His strength can this battle be won. Thank you so much for encouraging me to fight in with Jesus. Blessings to you!!

  20. Your messages always touch me and God always uses them to draw me closer to Him. Thank you for your faithfulness and willingness to help others.

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