When it was recently suggested that I consider a position, my immediate response was “I’m not qualified.” I felt inadequate in my abilities to fulfill such a responsibility. I also was afraid that I would fail terribly.
The next day I was engaged in conversation with a friend who is discouraged in this new season of her life and she said, “I’m not qualified to do anything.” My immediate response had a different tune this time:
Me: “Do you know Whose you are?”
Friend: “Yes, I am God’s.”
Me: “God is King. What does that make you?”
Friend (struggling for a second to verbalize): “His princess.”
Me: “Yes, you are God’s princess and that’s what makes you qualified!”
I couldn’t stand to see my friend so defeated when I saw her potential and the gifts within her. I then began to imagine how Father God must’ve felt when I was quick to speak poorly of myself. I realized that my friend and I, like many, struggle in this area.
It’s reassuring though to know we’re in good company with folks like Moses and Jeremiah who both lacked self-confidence when called by God. Each one made excuses and felt unworthy. But I’m thankful their stories didn’t end with them sulking in their pity parties. Rather, we see how God assured them of who He is, of His presence, and that He would help them. How amazing that Moses spoke to Pharaoh to release the Israelites and walked them through the Red Sea and that Jeremiah was obedient to tell God’s people about judgment and hope.
God’s Word reminds us of the following truths when we struggle with self-confidence:
Trust in Him: “My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.” (1 Corinthians 12:9 MSG)
He created us and has a plan for us: “For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works,” (Ephesians 2:10 AMP)
It’s a new year, so it’s time for a new you (and me!): ask God for help to overcome this struggle, then wear your crown proudly, and walk in the confidence of the Lord! He will help us do great things for His glory.