God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
(Psalm 46:1-3 NIV)
For a few seconds, I thought to name the title of this devotional Believe in Yourself. But, with innumerable scriptures like the one above, even an attempt to believe in ourselves is missing the mark by a longshot. There is nothing in us that can conquer life’s dilemmas, failures and heartbreaks alone – only the work of God above us, Jesus beside us and the Holy Spirit within us can do that.
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through [Christ] who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:11-13 NIV)
Our faith in the completed work of the cross keeps us strong and steady day-to-day. Sure, we can accomplish things with our own strength, intelligence and pride, but for earth-shaking experiences that ignite faith in ourselves and our neighbors, we need God.
“No king is saved by the size of his army;
no warrior escapes by his great strength.
A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
despite all its great strength it cannot save.
But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love”
(Psalm 33:16-18 NIV)
May we never find it necessary to believe in ourselves.