Some people derive their self-confidence from who they know, or where they live. Others have a special talent that’s been recognized, while still others have to have certain clothing to make them feel as if they could walk into any room with their head raised. Self-confidence, as described in the dictionary, means to have confidence in one’s own powers or judgment.
But what happens when the object that your self-confidence is based on disappears. What happens when the people you know decide that you are no longer a contributing member of their circle; that you no longer have value to them? What happens when you hit a financial down slide and loose the home that you prided yourself on? What happens when fashion changes and you are no longer a fashionista?
Most people base their self-confidence on an object that is fickle at best. Even talents can disappear if it is not fostered and worked on. But there is one, someone, who is not fickle, is dependable, and hasn’t changed since you first came to know Him. That is the Lord God Himself. The book of Romans, chapter 8, verse 37 says, “In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”
Romans 8:31 says, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Many of God’s attributes give us a reason to seek Him for a reason to be confident, not ourselves and yet people continue to look to themselves, their abilities or their circumstances, to walk confidently. God is faithful. He is trustworthy. He loved us enough to sacrifice His son for us. God knows the end from the beginning so will guide us on a path that will be only for our good.
Besides all that, He is the Mighty God of the Universe, all-powerful, all-knowing. He created the heavens and the earth. He created the vast expanse that goes beyond anything that our eyes have seen and He is in control of our world today.
Our confidence should be rooted in our God, who will never disappoint, disappear, or fail to be there when we need Him. Our confidence comes in knowing that He directs our paths; He steers us toward eternity. We need never hang our head in defeat because since He cannot be defeated, neither can we if our confidence comes from God and not self.
Analyze how you feel about yourself and why. Take stock of the gifts and talents you have and acknowledge that everything comes from God. I did not learn to write, it was a gift from God. I do not have a car and a house because I did this or that, but because God has allowed me to access His vast stores of provision. I do not have purpose on a daily basis from anything that I set out to do but because God gives me purpose as I walk where He leads.
Build your confidence on God. Stay away from looking to self to fulfill your life but know that God is your fulfillment and in Him, there is no discouragement, or condemnation. He will never fail you as your appearance will one day. Be a God confident Christian, not self-confident. Life will be more peaceful and contentment will flourish.