Self esteem is typically defined as confidence in one’s own worth or abilities. As a Christian, self esteem could be defined as having confidence that we are who God says we are. In other words, we’re not dependent on our on abilities, but instead relying on God to provide all we need to achieve what we has planned for us.
Have you ever found yourself saying this about yourself, “I tried so hard, but I just wasn’t good enough”?
Don’t give in to that lie, as you are more than enough, and God tells us that in the bible.
The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.Isaiah 32:17
Maybe it’s just me, but when I read that verse from Isaiah, I was surprised to find the words ‘peace’ and ‘quietness’ associated with the word ‘confidence’. For me, peace and quietness to not equate to confidence, as confidence to me means self importance, egotistical, bold, loud, self-assured, courageous, and in some cases conceited and confrontational.
Are those words I just used really the words we’d expect to use when we talk about having confidence in God? I definitely would not consider using words such as egotistical, or confrontational to describe my confidence and trust in God!
The confidence that people can have in themselves or others is not the same as the confidence we have in the God, as while God is definitely bold, it’s boldness that we can be assured will always bring us peace and quietness, even in the busyness of this world.