Conquering Self-Doubt.

By: Ron Bouchard.

God came one night to the child Jeremiah and spoke wondrous things to him.  He told Jeremiah that He’d always known him, even before he was conceived in his mother’s womb, and that while He was forming Jeremiah in the womb, He chose to set him apart for a special purpose: to speak God’s very words to the world!

Jeremiah responded with fear and self-doubt, and said to God:

“Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.” (Jeremiah 1:6)

Looking closely at what Jeremiah said, we find that his self-doubt was really a cover for the fact that he doubted God.  He didn’t believe that God could do and would do what He said, with his life . . .

At that point The Lord could have shrugged His shoulders and said, “Ok, I’ll find someone else who will believe me.” But, that is not what He did.

No, what God did was gently rebuke Jeremiah and declare to him what would actually take place in his life.  Then the Lord performed something quite intimate with Jeremiah:

He reached out with His hand and touched his mouth tenderly, and with that touch, God filled Jeremiah’s being with His Word.  That very Word would accomplish the will of God as it went forth from Jeremiah’s lips and life!

My friend, if you are a lover of God, beware of self-doubt.  As a believer, it is really a disguise for a lack of faith in God.  Look to Him.  Allow the Lord to touch your life with His grace, His power and His life-giving Word.  Cast self-doubt away and trust in the Lord with all of your heart!

His Grace, Ron

P.S. Here is Jeremiah’s complete account of what the Lord did:

Jeremiah 1:4-10  Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Before I formed you in the belly I knew you; and before you came forth out of the womb I sanctified you, and I ordained you a prophet unto the nations.
Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.
But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for you shall go to all that I shall send you, and whatsoever I command you you shall speak.
Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD.
Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.
See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.