Today I want to talk about a topic that gets a lot of attention among the younger generation. This topic of “insecurity” is a common topic to run into when discussing who we are as people. In fact, often times as you’re getting to know someone, revealing “your insecurities” is seen as a sign of opening up and being honest with people.
Afterall everyone has insecurities…
In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.Proverbs 14:26 KJV
Earlier this month we talked about this verse from the standpoint of what it means to be “in the fear of the Lord”, and I encourage you to go check it out if you haven’t read it already.
But this verses also gives us insight into how to handle insecurity.
What is Insecurity?
The dictionary definition of insecurity is “uncertainty or anxiety about oneself; lack of confidence.”
Some of the synonyms listed are actually…
- Lack of Confidence
- Lack of Self-Confidence
- Self Doubt
What is the Root of Insecurity?
Insecurity comes from self doubt. It really is a lack of confidence stemming from feeling unprepared for a situation.
Many times the very reason we are insecure is because there’s something we know we should be doing but aren’t willing to do it.
Insecurity might come from a true fact in your life or a perceived idea, but in either case it always roots back into looking at the natural situation more than what God has to say about a subject.
Isn’t that the exact opposite definition from walking “in the fear of the Lord”, and that’s exactly what gives us STRONG CONFIDENCE.
Solution to Insecurity: Fear of the Lord
I already pretty well gave this away in the last section, but the solution to insecurity is the fear of the Lord.
The fear of the Lord is strong confidence – which is the exact opposite of insecurity.
In fact, the whole reason I even started studying insecurity was because I realized that it was the exact opposite of the fear of the Lord but closely tied to the fear of man.
Insecurity is Dangerous
Insecurity is something that we oftentimes will boast about in our own way to those closest to us. We say things like, “Oh I could never do that because….” or “That’s too hard for someone like me with…”
We take pride in the self assigned roadblocks we’ve created in our lives, but in reality, we are stopping the Lord from working in and through us by our unwillingness to change.
Insecurity is not something to play around with. In fact it’s a very dangerous force that caused so many rulers to make bad decisions.
Insecurity is dangerous:
- It led King Saul to try to kill David.
- It led Rehoboam to double down on taxes and split the nation of Israel.
- It led King Herod to kill all children under 2 years old in search of Jesus.
Insecurity when magnified by authority and leadership brings out harsh behavior that leaves a wake of destruction and hurt to those around you. This is why it’s so important that we root out all forms of insecurity by finding places in our life where we don’t trust the Lord completely.
This blog post is part of my overall study on the topic of the fear of the Lord. In fact, the fear of the Lord is the exact opposite of this problem with insecurity.
When we decide that God has the final say in our lives, then we can know for sure that insecurity will not have a large impact on our life.
When I hear someone talking about a large number of insecurities, I can automatically mark down the fact that they don’t truly trust in the Lord to the fullest degree possible.
We aren’t talking about heaven or hell here, but we are talking about living a life of peace and joy right here and now.
I pray as you go today that you remember to respect the Lord and the Word of God above everything else. That you learn to trust in God more than the circumstances and root out all forms of insecurity from your life.
If you’ve enjoyed this blog post, check out the rest of our devotionals here. Know that I pray for readers just like you as I yield to what I feel the Holy Spirit wants me to right. If at any point in this blog post you weren’t sure about something or wanted more clarification or even prayer, message me on the chat here on the website and I will reach out to you!