• Thomas Strausbaugh

The Struggle with Insecurity is Real

The Struggle with Insecurity is Real

If you do a simple Google search of the word, insecurity, you will find the definition to be, “uncertainty or anxiety about oneself; lack of confidence.”

People display their insecurities in different ways. Some display insecurity by meekness, shyness, and compliance while others display insecurity by overcompensating, bravado, or never admitting wrong. One person may avoid attention any way possible while another person may demand as much attention as possible. Don’t be mistaken. Both are insecure.

When I think of examples of insecurity in the Bible, I think of two men. They both struggled with insecurity, yet they displayed their insecurity in completely opposite ways.

First, consider Gideon.

Judges 6:15-17, 27 And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house. 16 And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man. 17 And he said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, then shew me a sign that thou talkest with me… 27 Then Gideon took ten men of his servants, and did as the LORD had said unto him: and so it was, because he feared his father's household, and the men of the city, that he could not do it by day, that he did it by night.“ (emphasis mine)

Gideon struggled with his self image. “Shall I save Israel?” “My family is poor in Manasseh.” “I am the least.” “Shew me a sign.” “He feared his father’s household.”

Here we have a man that has obviously developed an image of himself that was poor. His insecurity displayed itself in meekness and humility. We aren’t talking about the good kind of humility. Gideon lived in fear and self-doubt.

Did you notice something in the verses I shared a moment ago? “Gideon took ten men of his servants.” Wait, I thought he was poor?

Gideons insecurity was debilitating. God had great things planned for his life and Gideon lived in fear and insecurity for a long time.

Then, consider King Saul

He was head and shoulders above every man. He had all the bravado and man’s man attributes you could ask for. He was the King! He spent his life on top, never had any competition. The ladies swooned and sang songs of his bravery and might.

He felt pretty good about himself, until he didn’t.

There came a young man that was more brave, more good looking, more talented, and more confident. It caused a side of Saul to come out that he didn’t know he had. It was his insecure side.

Gideon’s insecurity stemmed from thinking too low of himself. Saul’s insecurity stemmed from thinking too high of himself. But both struggled with insecurity because they thought of themselves too much.

Gideon’s insecurity led to fear and doubt while Saul’s led to jealousy and rage. Gideon had an inward display of insecurity, while Saul had a very outward display of it. In both cases, their insecurity formed because they had the wrong view of themselves.

Insecurity is an identity crisis.

Where does your sense of identity come from?

Some Christians also struggle with insecurity. When our insecurities rear their ugly head, it is because we are struggling with an identity crisis.

For Saul, his identity was in being the best and most loved man among Israel. That identity was crushed when David came along. He spent the rest of his life trying to reestablish himself as the alpha male of Israel and died in the process.

For Gideon, his identity was found in being the poor man of Manasseh that was too unworthy to do anything of value for his people.

One man said, “we always find our identity in our god.” Both Gideon and Saul had the “god of me.” It wasn’t until Gideon recognized the Lord as his God that he was truly secure in who God made him to be.

Look back at Judges 6:12. A whole four verses before Gideon reveals his insecurity. Look at how God addresses him.

Judges 6:12 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour. (emphasis mine)

This is how God viewed Gideon. This was the identity that God gave to Gideon. He wasn’t a poor man, he wasn’t an incapable man, he wasn’t a fearful man; he was a mighty man of valor! When Gideon found his true identity in the Lord, he became that mighty man!

Read the rest of Judges 6 and 7. You will see a man that had great confidence in God and found his identity in the Lord and the Lord used him as a mighty man of valor.

Long before Gideon understood how God viewed him, God referred to him as a mighty man. What has God said about you?

Ephesians 1:3-6 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. (emphasis mine)

If you want to be blessed, read the first three chapters of Ephesians and circle every instance where God characterizes believers.

For the Christian that doesn’t feel valuable, God values you.

For the Christian that doesn’t feel important, you are important to God.

For the Christian that doesn’t feel accepted, God accepts you.

For the Christian that doesn’t feel loved, God loves you.

For the Christian that doesn’t feel usable, God can use you.

For the Christian that doesn’t feel wanted, God wants you.

Those feelings are not reality. God says you are valuable, God says you are important, God says you are accepted, God says you are loved, God says you are usable, God says you are wanted.

Don’t worship the god of your feelings. Don’t find your identity in your feelings. Find your identity in Christ!

Christian, you can never be secure and confident until you begin to realize who God has made you to be. Gideon realized it and he stood against the armies of the Midianites as the might man of valor that God called him to be.

The struggle is real but there is victory in Jesus over the stronghold of insecurity.