Sometimes I struggle with being confident in my abilities, despite recognition and accolades about jobs well done. Sometimes I compare my successes with the successes of others. Perhaps you do too. God has given each of us gifts and talents (Romans 12:6-8), and we know He is with us always (Matthew 28:20). So why do we often lack confidence?
I ran across a passage in the Book of Job that holds a key to that answer – surrender. It seems counterintuitive to surrender ourselves, but God is the one who gives us strength, hope and renewal.
Job 11:13-19 (CEV)
Surrender your heart to God, turn to him in prayer,
and give up your sins—even those you do in secret.
Then you won’t be ashamed; you will be confident and fearless.
Your troubles will go away like water beneath a bridge,
and your darkest night will be brighter than noon.
You will rest safe and secure, filled with hope and emptied of worry.
You will sleep without fear and be greatly respected.
Surrendering to God is a Christian concept I struggle with. How do I let go and give it all to God? The word surrender is associated with the military idea of giving up and being taken prisoner, but is that all that the word means? I turned to the dictionary and found an additional definition “to yield or resign and office or privilege in favor of another” (dictionary.com). When we surrender, or yield, to God we are placing control of the problems in the hands of the one infinitely more qualified to handle all matters. It’s so hard to let go and let God handle our situations, but we must remember He is the only one who is qualified to bring about the right solution.
As I pray for the courage to surrender every problem to God, I feel a renewed sense of confidence in the ability to handle various situations because I’m not dealing with them alone. I have the infinite power of God by my side in everything I do. If I let Him take control, the outcome to every problem is sure to be the right one.
Blessings on your day.
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