Trusting in God, not in Ourselves

Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us.

2 Corinthians 1:9-10

Most people who define themselves as successful have very high self-esteem. The world sees that as normal and even applauds it. It teaches that we should have a positive mental attitude and believe in ourselves and our own abilities. And while the world fosters self-confidence, the Bible urges us to stop trusting ourselves to put our trust in God. Moreover, 2 Corinthians 1: 9-10 states that trusting in ourselves is a death sentence.

Self-confidence is defined as a feeling based on the strong awareness of one’s own power to face possible difficulties. According to the world view, one of the most important steps to achieve our purposes in life is to develop a strong sense of self-confidence. It is about developing and improving on a personal level. It is about loving oneself and accepting oneself as one is.

Self-confidence is the intimate conviction that one is capable of successfully performing a particular task or mission, or choosing the best alternative when a problem arises, that is, making the best decision. It is to trust that in general one will get away with a situation, however difficult it may seem. That implies visualizing ourselves as the person we want to be and using phrases such as this: “I know that I have the ability to achieve the greatest goals in my life, therefore today I demand of myself, persistence and action with a view to achieving it which I propose.”

And while the world encourages us to increase our confidence in ourselves to achieve success based on our strength, our intelligence, our courage or our riches, the Bible says the opposite. Jeremiah 9:23-24 says, Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the Lord.

Our security is not in the wise, brave, rich or strong that we are, but in understanding and knowing the God in whom we have entrusted. It is good to know ourselves and to know our strengths and weaknesses; but even the best fighter in the world can be knocked down by a stroke of luck from a weaker fighter, the smartest man could miss in his calculations and riches can evaporate overnight from the collapse of the financial system.

For many years of my life, I was a man with a lot of self-confidence. I knew very well my strengths and used them to reach my goals following the world current. But when I was humbled in my own strength, I saw my death sentence as 2 Corinthians 1:9-10 defines it. Today I lay all my trust for everything I do in the Almighty, who is my Father and free me from all evil that threatens me. God bless you.

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