I have been working through a lot of self-doubt lately. It often pops up at the beginning of a new year, when I look at the plans and projects ahead of me that I believe God has called me for. And I wonder…. Can I really do it?
My doubt is focused on MY skills, experience, and ability to do the task set before me. That is the problem with self-doubt, it is totally self-focused.
Our self-doubt arises because we look at the natural world and assess that we do not have what it takes to accomplish what God wants us to do. We think God must have overestimate our ability, we doubt that we heard God correctly or we doubt God.
Self-Doubt robs us of faith, of trust and the blessing of seeing something that cannot be done be done. Miracles are waiting for us.
We need to have refreshed eyes to see God working. We don’t need skills, experience, talent, or abilities for what we are called to do, we just need a willing heart to obey and to learn. God will supply the lessons to learn, the training, the resources, and the supernatural power to see his plans come to pass.
Jesus walks on water even when we stay sitting in the boat. We might doubt we can do the impossible, but just like Peter we can walk on water with Jesus beside us – but we must get out of the boat and stop doubting.
But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” Matthew 14:27-33
When Peter took his eyes off Jesus and looked to the natural world around him, the water, and the wind, he began to doubt the miracle he was in the middle of and he started to sink. To overcome self-doubt, stop looking within and stop looking around you but look towards Jesus and do not take your eyes off him. He will always reach out his hand to catch us.
You do not need to believe in yourself more or have more self confidence to overcome self-doubt but instead place your belief in Jesus and place your confidence in his victory.