I could make a list of all the things I don’t like about myself. All my flaws, mistakes, things I wish I could change. I bet I could fill page after page with self-doubt and negativity. We often don’t venture to write these things down, but sometimes our mind is an endless vacuum of self-awareness. We also tend to view ourselves through a lens of emotion (positive or negative) rather than reality.
In Judges chapter six we meet Gideon who also seems to be self-aware of his own limitations. The whole nation is hiding from the Midianites and an Angel appears to Gideon and instructs him to go and rescue his nation. “I’m sending you!”
Gideon is not convinced. He argues that his clan is the weakest and among his family, he is the least! I can’t tell you if this is his reality or not, but regardless this is how Gideon saw himself.
Have you ever felt that way? I know I have. At times it has been true and at other times my perceived flaw was really my faulty perception. What matters is not our flaws, real or otherwise. What matters is the Lord’s response to our flaws.
Judges 6:16 (NLT) The Lord said to him, “I will be with you…”
When God is with us, our own inadequacies melt away. When we remember that we have the Spirit of God living within us it should change our perspective. It doesn’t matter how inadequate we might feel, our hope is not in ourselves. Our hope is in God.
This reveals the significance of worship in our daily lives. When I take time in the morning to worship the Lord, I am taking the focus off of my own flaws and instead magnifying the strength of the Lord. It does me no good to focus on my own limitations. When I shift my focus to the great power of God, that power is unleashed in my life. Daily I must shift my focus away from my own weakness in order to fully realize God’s strength.
I hope you find courage today. You are not your flaws. You are not your mistakes. You are not your inadequacies. You are not your insecurities. Rather, you are loved by God. Chosen by God. Fully accepted by God. So much so that His presence indwells within you. No matter where we go, or what we are going through, the Lord is with us.
Hebrews 13:5-6 (NLT) …God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” 6 So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?”
Our confidence is not in ourselves but in the presence of the Lord.
I firmly believe that what we think upon we give power in our lives. When we think upon our embarrassing moments, our shortcomings or personality quirks we diminish our confidence and effectiveness to love the world. However, when we remember God’s presence everything changes. When we begin to worship Him, dwell upon God rather than ourselves, we begin to feed our Spirit and activate His power in our lives.
I want to challenge you. Take some time today to acknowledge God’s continued work in your life. Remember His presence and thank Him for always being with you. When we make this a daily habit, it changes our lives.