Self-confidence is defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as having “confidence in oneself and in one’s powers and abilities.”
Some synonyms of “self-confidence” are self-assurance, self-esteem, and self-trust. Self-confidence plainly means believing in one’s self and one’s abilities.
But, in reality, there is really no such thing as self-confidence.
As Christians, we are aware that man has a sin nature and that he cannot be completely good. For this reason, having confidence in oneself is useless.
Instead, Christians must view self-confidence as having God-confidence—confidence in Who God is, what He does, and what His bigger plan will be in us.
Self-confidence does not come from the things that one does or from how one views himself.
It can only come from knowing that his Creator is always with him. It can only come from knowing that God is in control.
In the book of 1 Samuel, the story of David and Goliath is told. Young David went to fight the giant Goliath. David did not have confidence in his own strength, his own abilities, or his own power. But he had confidence in what God could do through him. David realized that there was no way he could conquer Goliath on his own. He knew that it had to be God working through him.
The Lord promises to reward those who hold firm to their confidence (Hebrews 10:35). It is that important to Him.
Author Renee Swope once stated, “Self-confidence has limited potential. God-confidence has unlimited possibility.”
The Lord wants to use you. But you cannot believe in your self, your abilities, or your strength. You must look to Him for your confidence.
The only way to have true self-confidence is by losing yours and gaining a confidence that rest fully in the Lord.
In His amazing love,
• What are some lies that the world tells us about confidence?
• Do you think living a God-confident life would be easy?