I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh-barnea to spy out the land, and I brought him word again as it was in my heart. But my brothers who went up with me made the heart of the people melt; yet I wholly followed the Lord my God. — Joshua 14:7-8
From the book The Confident Woman Devotional – by Joyce Meyer
I know what it is like to live in fear. Fear can actually make you sick to your stomach. It can make you so tense and nervous that everyone around you notices that something is wrong; it’s that evident in your facial expressions and your body language.
What’s more, just as confidence is contagious, so is the lack of self-confidence. When we possess no inner confidence, no one else has confidence in us either.
Imagine a timid, cowering basketball player, standing in the corner of the court with his arms wrapped around himself. Is anyone going to pass him the ball? Is anybody going to call out plays to him?
When we think people are rejecting us, we feel hurt by them. The basketball player in the example above might think that his teammates hate him or have something against him. But, for fearful, under-confident people, the root of the problem is that they are rejecting themselves. They are rejecting the person God intended them to be.
Prayer Starter: Lord, help me to be the confident and courageous person You created me to be. I want to wholly follow you no matter where You lead me. When fear tries to attack or I get focused on my weaknesses, help me to remember who I am in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.