Is There a Better Way to be Confident? When I was a kid, I struggled with self confidence. There were moments when my self-esteem ran too high and moments when it ran too low. The ups and downs were tailored to how I was viewing myself at the time, which in most cases, was a result of how I perceived others were viewing me. The attempted remedy was always the same: Jason, you need to try harder and believe in yourself. This is a commonly sought remedy in our culture, but I would ask how well that approach to confidence is really working.
What does the gospel teach us about self-confidence? We begin to see an answer in the life of Gideon in Judges 6. When God reached out to Gideon to be the next “hero” for Israel, Gideon had a very low view of himself. When he looked in the mirror, he saw someone who was the least in his family, from a tribe that was the weakest in Israel. The words that would come to mind to describe Gideon's view of himself at that time would have been words like, worthless, weak, insignificant, and unable. Was Gideon correct about this view of himself?
Notice in contrast what God was saying about Gideon. “And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, ‘The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor’” (Judges 6:12). “And the Lord turned to him and said, ‘Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?’” (Judges 6:14). God’s view of Gideon was completely different, which invites us to consider, when it comes to our view of self, whom should we trust to find our true source of confidence? We’ll answer that question in our next edition… -Jason