“But Lord,’ Gideon asked, ‘how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.'” Judges 6:15
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Like Gideon, we may have doubts about what we can accomplish for the Lord. It is easy to come up with varying excuses instead of being an active participant in where God is leading us and what He wants to do in and through us. Self-doubt will hold us back from being all that God wants us to be. During my young adult years, I struggled with that very thing, having little confidence that God could use me in any way. I found excuses, just as Gideon did. Eventually, over time and through various experiences, God brought me to the realization that there is nothing I am capable of doing on my own, but that with Christ living in me, I can accomplish much. One of my favorite scriptures Philippians 4:13 says the following: “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (NIV) He is my strength! And yours!!
How then can we rid ourselves of doubting our usefulness to the Kingdom of God? By focusing on what God thinks about us, instead of what we think about ourselves. Day by day, as we communicate with Him through prayer and the study of His Word, He will help us overcome our doubts and fears. It is He who goes before us, carving out the path we should take. Our job is to allow the Holy Spirit to lead and give direction. We will then have the knowledge and assurance that we are not alone in our walk of faith and that God does have a plan for us as we reach out to others and strive to do His will. We are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ as we live out our faith.
Remember, His strength is made perfect in our weakness. He will give each of us the confidence that we need for a productive day of serving Him.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, You are a strong, powerful, and mighty God! There is none like You! In these moments, we humble ourselves at Your feet to thank You for loving us enough to provide a way of salvation through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. You always make a way when there seems to be no way. You are always ready and willing to bring life and hope and help to Your children. We desire to serve no other but You, and You alone. Help us to rest in Your strength and peace knowing that You see us as a useful spiritual vessel—one who can and will make a difference for Your Kingdom here on earth. We love You and praise You for erasing any self-doubt that we carry, and we ask You to cleanse us from the inside out so that we might be wholesome representatives for You. I pray this in Jesus name. Amen.