“Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence.” 1 Corinthians 10:12
If you’ve ever prepared for an interview, you know you need self-confidence. You may look into a mirror and say, “You are good… powerful… a great worker … But if you don’t believe it, neither will the person doing the interview. Confidence comes with knowing your job and skill level.
When watching “The Voice” a show TV reality show in which unknown musicians gain favor of a coach who helps them build confidence to perform. All the coaching in the world doesn’t compare with getting out on stage and performing. I used to sing a few solos and never got the self-confidence I needed to perform without making at least one mistake in the piece. It was as if I knew I would make a mistake and promptly carried out the plan.
In 1 Corinthians, Paul is saying self-confidence is useless. What we need is to cultivate God-confidence. Paul’s message is meant as a warning for the new Christians to not become so self-confident they could fall flat on their faces just like anyone else.
Dear Lord, help me find confidence in our relationship so that I will go to you for strength. Amen.