When you are in a transitional period it is easy to doubt yourself. You may doubt whether you are good enough. Doubt whether you have what it takes, or even if you heard God correctly. You may waver back and forth between two opinions–the opinions that are in your head. You may battle with becoming the person who you envision, and the person who was created as a response to your circumstances.
We enter into an identity crisis when we doubt ourselves. We lack the ability to believe in the person who has yet to manifest, but why? Why do we limit ourselves? Why do we flirt with the potential of our future but rest in the comfort of our past? Why do we vacillate between safety and progress?
I get it, we are bombarded with images that tell us we are aren’t good enough. And, it is easy to pick ourselves apart even though we have everything going for us. Why do we willingly engage is such self-depricating activities? Perhaps, it is not a willful action but one that is unconsciously taking place based on imagination.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you [and approved of you as My chosen instrument], And before you were born I consecrated you [to Myself as My own]; I have appointed you as a prophet to the nations” Jeremiah 1:5 (AMP)
The scripture in Jeremiah wrecked me in a moment when I was struggling to keep faith in my future. I prayed for direction and confirmation, and about 30 minutes later I opened my computer and saw the scripture recorded in a document months earlier. Talk about confirmation, right?
I love the amplified version because it says that God approved of you as his chosen instrument before you were in the womb. This confirms that I don’t need to validation of others if I’ve already been chosen to do what God has destined for me. I don’t need to know the right people, step on people to get to the top, or compromise myself to be seen. Ultimately, I don’t have to do anything but believe in who I was created to be.
So many times we quote scripture about faith, but how can you have faith if you don’t know what God has said about you? How can you believe if you never heard? The bible says that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. And, in his word it says that he chose me and consecrated me even before people knew who I was. He chose me before I had accolades, degrees, and influence. He chose me because he wanted to, not because of anything I did. Therefore, I can rest in the reality that I am enough.
I want to encourage you to hang on to Jeremiah 1:5 and remember it when the world attempts to offer you a narrative contrary to your calling.