By: Pastor Jarren Rogers
“We don’t need self-confidence, we need God-confidence.” – Joyce Meyer
In the writing of these devotionals, I spend some time searching for quotes to put at the top of the page. I have a big book of Christian quotes I flip through or sometimes a good ol’ Google search will direct me to the perfect quote.
But more times than not in this search, I find quotes that I don’t agree with. There’s a lot of people saying a lot of different things and I have to sift through the junk to find a nugget of wisdom from a reputable author.
The other day, on my search for a Christian quote, I stumbled upon this saying:
Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.
And I couldn’t disagree more.
But we hear sayings like this, or something similar, more often than not. Many times, it’s these “believe in yourself” quotes that have thousands of shares on Facebook or find themselves tacked to the wall in the classroom.
They carry these assumptions that if you look really deep and try really hard, the secret answer to all of life’s problems, is you! You just have to believe in yourself. Trust that you know best, that you can do everything right, that you are perfect just how you are.
I don’t know about you, but I am sick and tired of believing in myself. Usually, when I’m in the driver’s seat of my life, I tend to make a mess of things. And no matter how hard I look in myself, I find an incapable, weak, and cowardly person who can’t do much on his own. Also, if I’m really honest with myself, I’m not perfect just how I am. I need a lot of work!
But unfortunately, this is the attitude of most people. It’s this sense that everything will get better if I pull myself up by my bootstraps and get to work. I’m in charge of my situations. I’m in charge of me. I can turn this thing around on my own!
But each and every time, we end up right back where we started, broken and worn down, unable to do it by ourselves.
The truth is, we were never created to simply believe in ourselves. We were made to be in constant relationship with God. We were not made to face these problems on our own, but instead to walk through them hand-in-hand with Christ. And the secret to our problems isn’t deep inside of us, it’s in God’s provision and help.
Don’t fall into the trap of self-sufficiency and cheesy Facebook proverbs. You can’t do it on your own no matter how much you believe in yourself. But there is someone you can believe in with all you have, and He hasn’t failed us yet.
Allow God to take control of your life. Put yourself aside and let Him take the wheel. For He is mighty and faithful, good and worthy. We can’t do it on our own, but with Christ nothing can stand in our way of following His will.