The world tells us to believe in ourselves, to be fearless, and to believe we can do anything we put our minds to. That might work when you know you can actually do something, but what about those times you are aware of your limitations.
Self-confidence comes with the definition of being self-assured in our own abilities and qualities. Self-confidence is something that everyone needs. But, as a Christian dedicated to Jesus, self-confidence sounds a lot like being dependent on ourself instead of aiming our eyes towards Jesus.
Jesus made us who we are today for a reason. He wants to use us right where we are. We might be hurting from others, feeling distant from Jesus or experiencing a time of feeling alone. Let God confidence build within you and it will show you a light that burns brighter than any form of darkness.
As our faith in God grows, so does our courage because our confidence is placed in God instead of in ourselves. Having confidence in God makes sense when we know God and becomes easier as that relationship grows, because God’s power and strength have been proven again and again, both in the Bible and in lives all around us.
An example of courage in the Bible is David standing before Goliath. A key element of the story is that David directed attention from himself onto God, emphasizing that it was the Lord who had the power and strength to defeat the enemy (1 Samuel 17:45-47). David didn’t imagine for a moment that he alone could defeat Goliath. He displayed no confidence in his own abilities. The difference between David and the other Israelites was not that he was more capable to fight than they were; David was the least qualified among them. What made David stand apart was his unwavering faith in God. If David seemed fearless, it wasn’t because he didn’t recognize the danger in front of him. Instead, David chose to put his trust in the living and loving God he knew intimately, and it turned out he was right to do so.
Cultivating God confidence will change how we see personal appearances. Jesus made us into who we are at this very moment. Whether we like how we look or feel frustrated with how we present ourselves, having ultimate confidence in God gives us worth everyday. To achieve anything or take any action consistent with God’s plan for your life, you must first place your confidence in God, knowing that he works all things for good to those who love him. No one is unreachable when it comes to seeking Jesus’ love, grace and hope. God confidence doesn’t mean you need to have everything figured out. Just like being a Christian doesn’t mean you won’t struggle, it means you won’t struggle alone.