Having confidence in yourself is a very desirable trait in life today. Employers want employees who can confidently perform their duties. Some people are very confident in their abilities, while others need time in order to build up their confidence.
However, if you’re a Christian, the bible tells us to lean totally on God and not on our abilities. God give us gifts and anointing to perform particular tasks. We are to have faith in, and trust God to help us in all life’s situations. Like most things, what God wants is opposite to what society and the work force wants. I’m not saying that it’s wrong to be confident! But our confidence has to come from God and not from trusting in ourselves.
I found an interesting bible verse that explains where our confidence should come from in Hebrews 10:35-36 (NLT):
“So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.”
God can bless us richly when we follow His will in our lives. However, we have to be careful that we remember Who it is that is giving us our abilities. It’s very easy to start believing that it’s our effort that is making everything go well in our lives. This verse talks about patiently resting in our trust in God’s abilities to help us and not give in to vanity and being impressed with ourselves.
Child of God, we can be confident in God’s ability to help us in every aspect of our lives if we put Him first. If you’re being complimented on how well you’re doing things at work and elsewhere, don’t give in to self-conceit. Thank God for His love and grace in your life. Don’t listen to Satan when He tells you that you don’t need God because you can do it all yourself. Self-conceit might give way to pride, and the bible says that pride comes before a fall.