I recently read a blog post about self-doubt. In it the author said he suffers from doubting himself and was wondering where he might find help.
We as Christians need look no further than our Bibles.
The Bible has many quotes that will help us in a time of self-doubt. We need only repeat them and have faith that God means what HE says. We can turn to stories of faith. Those are good as well. But sometimes we need a mantra to keep our minds quiet.
So to the guy that needed somewhere to turn, in order to calm his mind…here you go. (And for us too!)
So we say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?”
But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
Have no fear of sudden disaster
or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
for the Lord will be at your side
and will keep your foot from being snared.
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
You see for us, it is not about what WE are made of — nor is it about what WE can do on our OWN strength and effort.
As Christians, as humans, God has gifted us in unique ways. Regardless of our talents and skills, regardless of our callings and purposes while here on Earth, we are LOVED with an immeasurable love that is eternal. We were loved before we got here and we will beloved through every mountain top experience and every walk thru the depths of the valley of the shadow of death.
We can confidently “fear no evil” for “what can mere mortals do to us?”.
Yes, I know. We can get fired. We can go through divorce. We can lose children to gangs. We can become homeless due to eviction. There is plenty we can go through, that involves the actions of other people. It may seem like “they” are doing it to us. So how can I quote the Bible to say “what can (they) do to us?”
Because I trust in the Lord and the power of HIS word. He will not forsake us and leave us in our times of despair. HIS love is ever present and HE will lead us to higher ground.
Stay close to HIM and rest in HIM. Look to HIM for your saving grace that transcends the concerns of the day. Our needs and circumstances change from day to day and year to year. But HIS love, care, guidance, wisdom, and provision for us do not.
That is where our trust should remain. Not in ourselves. But in our obedience to the Lord and HIS will for us to be the best we can be in HIM.
Quit the comparisons. They are not helpful. Do your best and pray. Leave the outcome to the Lord.
Until Next Time~