When you think of humility what do you think of? I think of someone who is selfless, someone who puts others first, and someone who doesn’t need credit for everything thing she does. Contrast humility with someone who is boastful. Prideful people want to be the center of attention, take all the credit, never admit they are wrong, so on and so on.
So when someone lacks confidence does that mean they are humble?
The example my devotional used was Saul. If you read in 1 Samuel 10:17-27 you will notice that in verse 22 Saul cannot be found when he is about to be announced as King! You may initially think “I wonder why Saul hid? Well he doesn’t seem to be prideful because he doesn’t want to be the center of attention”. You may also notice that in verse 27 it says some people despised Saul and brought him no gifts. Saul kept silent when this happened, isn’t that a good thing? He wasn’t quick to judge or yell at others for not respecting him. Saul’s action could be interpreted as a positive one. On the other hand, Saul’s lack of confidence could mean that he didn’t trust God. Did Saul truly believe he was fearfully and wonderfully made? Was Saul filled with fear (instead of God’s love)? Did Saul trust God’s plan in all of this?
Have you ever had a Saul moment like this one? Where God wanted you to step out and instead you hid? Or a moment where you kept silent instead of speaking out? I sure have and in those moments I am so thankful for God’s amazing grace. I thought this was so interesting because I never realized that a lack of confidence could mean you distrust God.
Always remember, you are fearfully and wonderfully made! The joy and peace you have is not from this world, so the world cannot take it from you. Although Jesus never said it would be easy, he promised to never leave you or forsake you! Remember to look up, for our God will always come through.