We all experience times of anxiety. We lack confidence and wonder if we will ever be enough. What if I’m not pretty enough…smart enough…strong enough? What if he doesn’t like me? What if I don’t measure up?
What if…what if…what if?
That’s a whole lot of fear and worry we were never meant to bear. It can be exhausting to live that way.
Thankfully, we have choices.
We can choose to stay in an anxious place, dwelling on ourselves and what we think we can or cannot do. Or, we can choose to believe and live the truth about what God says about who we really are.
What is the truth? What does God say about your true identity? Here are just a few things:
accepted by God – Romans 15:7loved dearly – Colossians 3:12
chosen - Ephesians 1:11
blessed – Matthew 5:2-12a friend - John 15:15
the Bride of Christ – Revelation 19:7
a Child of God - John 1:12His workmanship - Ephesians 2:10
a Citizen of heaven - Philippians 3:20
the Light of the world - Matthew 5:14His co-worker - 2 Corinthians 6:1
victorious - 1 Corinthians
Now that’s something to ponder.
Instead of relying on what others say or finding confidence in yourself, you can build “God-confidence” by remembering that He can do what you cannot.
God is at work in you and through you; you don’t have to do this hard and messy life on your own.
That’s a relief.
One of the most memorable characters in the Bible lacked confidence. Remember the scene at the burning bush? God called to Moses and asked him to go to Pharaoh, the head of
, to get the people of Egypt of out that country. Israel
Instead of thinking “God can” he fretted “Can I?” and basically said, “Please send someone else.” (Ex. 4:13).
He felt totally unqualified; he wasn’t eloquent enough and was slow of speech ().
Moses wasn’t looking at what God could do, he was fearful of what he was not.
Generations later we read that story and wonder why Moses was so uncertain. I mean, in that dialog alone God showed him three miracles: a bush that burns but does not burn up, a staff that turns into a snake and back again, and Moses’ own hand that God turned leprous and then back again.
God even said, “I will be with you…” ().
After all that, you’d think Moses would believe God and not be afraid. But he doubted again and again. Despite all that happened, God used him mightily.
When we feel ill-equipped or inadequate, that’s the time to totally rely on God and what He does through us.
Things change for the better when we know—and believe—the One who loves us most and trust Him.
“It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure” (2 Samuel ).
Immerse yourself in God’s truth and love, and you will find insecurity fading and confidence building.
When we see with the eyes of Christ, we see who we really are.