Those Feelings Of Inadequacy
Key Passage: 2 Corinthians 3:1-7
Supporting Scriptures: Exodus 4:10 | Judges 6:12-15 | Jeremiah 1:4-6 | Acts 1:4-5 | 2 Corinthians 2:15-16
Have you ever thought that if you could change something about yourself, you’d feel adequate for the situations you face? We all feel ill-equipped for life’s challenges at times, but we should let these feelings motivate us to trust God and believe His promises.
The Scriptures demonstrate that some of the Lord’s greatest servants (Moses, Gideon, Jeremiah, Paul) felt inadequate for their roles in God’s plan.
Areas of Inadequacy
Although we all experience times when we feel insufficient, the areas of our shortfall are varied.
Reasons for Inadequacy
Inadequacy is a difficult experience, but it can also be a tremendous blessing. However, before we can discover the benefits, we must be willing to uncover the reasons for our struggles.
- Feeling ill equipped. Our life experiences may lead us to feel disadvantaged.
- Poor self-image. When we think we’re unworthy, we’ll struggle with insecurity.
- Comparison. Sometimes we might see ourselves as less than others.
- Weak faith. We may feel unable to accomplish what God’s called us to do.
- Criticism. If criticism comes, we may lose our confidence and feel inadequate.
- Failures. We must guard against living with a continual sense of failure.
Results of Inadequacy
When facing daunting situations, we should focus on what the Lord has promised instead of what we feel.
- Failure to take advantage of God-given opportunities. The Lord presents us with challenging opportunities. If we allow a fear of incompetence, we’ll miss God’s plan.
- Refusal of God’s call. When the Lord calls us to serve Him, there are three things that often trip us up: fear of failure, apprehensions about finances, and concern for family.
- Forfeiture of God’s designed blessing. The path to blessing is a life of obedience. We must understand that He is all-powerful, all-knowing, loving, gracious, and forgiving.
- Lack of fulfillment. When we let our insecurities and inabilities rule our lives, there will always be something missing.
Important Areas of Obedience
When the Lord calls us, there are two critical areas.
- Salvation. Our responsibility is to trust Jesus as our Savior, rely upon His strength, and walk with Him in the Spirit.
- Service. After we’re saved, the Lord calls us to serve Him. Genuine satisfaction is only found in trusting God’s Word in every situation, and living in obedience to His will.
Our feelings of inadequacy are not a reflection of our great God. Those feelings of doubt are man-made. Trusting God and staying in His Word give us the knowledge and strength to become the individuals we were designed to be.