I don’t know about you, but I tend to worry. I also have insecurities. Did I sound like a total dork when I said that? Is that big zit on my nose really that noticeable? Do my thighs look fat? What if they don’t like me?
Most of us, being human, do have these insecurities, and for some of us it turns into worry and fear, which can often be paralyzing. Chemical imbalances too can cause anxiety and need professional treatment, but what I’m speaking of here is more of the self-consciousness that causes us to be critical of ourselves and others, compare and compete with others, and can cause indecision and missed opportunities.
Proverbs 27:1-2 says, “Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth. Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.”
The first part is a reminder that there are no guarantees in life, and often this uncertainty doesn’t make us feel any better! We want something we can count on, we want to be able to be sure about our plans.
The second part, if I’m honest, I’m definitely guilty of sometimes. Like for example, I clean up the kitchen, the table looks nice and pretty, the house is actually clean (well, with a toddler, a pre-teen and a teen, I can dream, ha! But let’s just go with it.) and it looks great (if I do say so myself). My husband walks in and if he doesn’t say anything, I say, “Do you like the way I cleaned up in here? Looks good, doesn’t it?” I want him to notice it and I’m going to make sure he knows how good it looks! This is just one example. A lot of you are probably either nodding your heads in agreement or shaking your head in disgust. How many of us check to see how many Facebook ‘likes’ we get? Or how many Twitter followers? Or we “humblebrag” from time to time. Yikes, guilty again.
But God’s Word tells us that we should leave the accolades to others to give us. Or more importantly, serve the Lord, so that we can hear him one day say, “Well done, good and faithful servant…”(Matthew 25:23)
1 Peter 5:6 says, “Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time.”
We can take comfort in knowing that He knows the right time for everything. We can keep working and not give up, knowing that it’s all in His hands anyway. Even when it seems like no one notices the hard work we do, even if we feel overlooked or unappreciated at work or at home or elsewhere, God sees everything, and He notices.
We can also find security in that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8)
Politics and world events and circumstances, even the weather, may change on a dime. Sometimes it seems like society is dictated by what’s popular, not always what’s right. But our Lord is the same, unchanging and unfailing in His love, mercy and dependability.
“Father, today I thank You that in a world of such uncertainty, You are the same today, tomorrow and forever. I thank You that You will never leave me or give up on me, even when I do fall short, and I do every day. I pray that I would grow closer to You each day and more fully trust in You rather than the accolades and opinions of others. I pray that I would work, not for the accolades, but to honor and glorify You and tell others about You, Jesus, and of Your wonderful gift of grace. Help my faith to be bigger than my fear. In Jesus Name, Amen.”