A page in A.A. Milne’s book The House At Pooh Corner said,
Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.
“Pooh!” he whispered.“Yes, Piglet?”
“Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw. “I just wanted to be sure of you.”
Have you ever felt that way with God? You just want to be sure of His presence with you. In moments of weakness, we can be timid in obeying the Lord. Yet, Psalm 100:2 tells us to serve the Lord with gladness. How do you reconcile those feelings?
Let me encourage you: by God’s grace, timidity can turn to confidence.
2 Reminders For Finding Victory Over Timidity:
You are empowered by the Holy Spirit.
In Judges 6:34, The Spirit of the Lord clothed Gideon. He was completely covered and empowered by the Holy Spirit of God for his task. In Old Testament times, the Holy Spirit would empower people for specific purposes at specific times.
The difference now is that the Holy Spirit dwells permanently in all who have repented of their sin and believe in Jesus Christ.
“In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit…” (Ephesians 1:13, ESV)
Christians are in the spirit, not the flesh. The flesh can become timid, but living by the Spirit can change that.
9You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. (Romans 8:9-11, ESV)
You have the same Holy Spirit dwelling in you that dwelt in Gideon and even raised Jesus from the dead! So when you look out at your task for the Lord and you feel timid, remember that you are not working out of your own power—take time in prayer to experience the fullness of the Holy Spirit’s strength in you.
You have the truth of God to guide you (36).
V.36 is so interesting. Gideon starts by saying “If you will save Israel by my hand as you have said…” When did God become a liar? If He already said it, why would you question if He’ll do it?
Timidity comes when you don’t trust the words of God. If you don’t trust the words of God, then what are you going to trust-your words? The words of others? Everything becomes shaky at that point. God has spoken, it is true, and we can follow it faithfully.
“Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” (Proverbs 30:5, ESV)
“God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” (Numbers 23:19, ESV)
To be guided by Scripture, you need to listen to what the Lord has said and obey those commands. As you’re faithful in those, you’ll grow in faith and gain more wisdom and discretion to be faithful in more specific situations in your life (Proverbs 3:21).
- You might say I just don’t like this job and I hate going everyday. The Lord has commanded that we work with all of our heart (Col. 3:23), so you need to be faithful to that command until another door might open.
- You might say I just feel like I have no control of my children. God has given much instruction on parenting, so study those passages and put them into practice.
You have the power of the Holy Spirit and the truth of God to guide you! Be faithful and bold to be committed to the work God has for you.