“Beware Of Over Self-Confidence”
By Zach Wood
1 Corinthians 10:12 NLT
If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall.
We have all had moments in our lives where things are going just fine and we think there is nothing that can ruin the moment. We might sail on for days, weeks or even months without anything pulling us down. Then, all of a sudden, “wham!” We’re not too sure what happened or what exactly hit us, but all we know is that life came crashing down, so to speak.
There is not one of us that has not experienced this in life. Life seems to be plugging away and then some tragedy or temptation takes us down and we feel like we’re down for the count. We ask ourselves, “what just happened???” We often times cannot figure out what went wrong or why all of a sudden things just spiraled south. And, most of us don’t usually react the best way to these sudden changes. We feel a wide-range of emotions. We wonder what we did wrong and how this all happened. Sometimes life simply takes us by surprise.
It’s in these times that we do some deep thinking and examine our life choices. Many people in these situations question God and His goodness. I know in all my years of vocational ministry and volunteer ministry, this is one of the toughest situations to deal with. This goes both for seeing people experience this and myself having dealt with it. We get very frustrated and wonder why God allowed bad things to happen to us.
There are many times we need to realize in life that we do make bad choices. We make decisions to follow temptations and we fall hard. We don’t mean to, but we do and then life comes crashing down. We must remember that we cannot do life on our own, period. We need God 24/7/365. Not a moment goes by each day that we don’t need Him. We tend to get a little cocky in life, if you will, and we think we are doing pretty good. We feel pretty good and can’t imagine anything spoiling our mood. Before we know it, but something goes wrong and things seem to spiral out of control in one way or another.
As I study this verse, I think of all the times when I get to feeling pretty good in my life and how I wish things could just stay good and not go sour at any time. As much as any one of us would like that, life just doesn’t work that way. This is not to say we should live life expecting bad things to happen, but that we just need to be prepared at all times. We need to strong in the Lord and be prepared, so when things do start spiraling down, we can remain confident, not in ourselves, but in the Lord. God definitely wants us to have self-confidence in our lives, but not so much that we forget that He is in control and depend on our own strength. Beware of over self-confidence because we always need Him!