“My heart is confident in you, O God;
My heart is confident.
No wonder I sing your praises!”
Psalm 57:7 (NLV)
I’ll be the first to admit, I have confidence problems. Self-doubt can sabotage my sense of well being especially in the area of my calling. It’s easy to let my confidence be tied to how successful I am in speaking and writing.
As I have been studying the life of David, in I Samuel, I realize that he probably had to deal with self-doubt as well. Samuel tried to anoint every one of his other brothers feeling that they had the “goods” to be king. Yet, God chose David, the youngest and perhaps the least gifted. Even after he was anointed as the next king, he had to deal with Saul who continually tried to murder him. Death threats will definitely mess with your confidence, don’t you think? Yet, while David was fleeing and hiding from Saul He wrote, “My heart is confident in you, O God!” I love that! Where does that type of confidence come from?
For me, it begins with the knowledge that though I am inadequate for the calling God has placed on my life, He is more than adequate. My confidence and yours need to be tied to the Spirit of the living God. He promises that everything He calls us to, He will be faithful to complete. (I Thessalonians 5:24) What I have discovered in my own life and you probably have as well, is that God will call me to challenges I can’t handle. Sigh. That way, there can be no mistake about who’s accomplishing the work!