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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Question (05/24/12)

TITLE: Questioning Self
By Edmond Ng
05/27/12


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    He said to Him, “O Lord, how shall I deliver Israel? Behold, my family is the least in Manasseh, and I am the youngest in my father’s house.” (Judges 6:15 NAS)
A friend of mine shared with me how she began questioning herself and her competency after working for over a year in an environment with stakeholders who seemingly could not understand the value of her proposed marketing plans. Her situation reminds me of the exact same feeling I had not too long ago after the team of people I worked with in a corporation was absorbed by another department.

For many years, my work had been highly valued as contributing to the corporation. With the change in culture under a new boss and a new supervisor stationed abroad, things were seemingly getting out of hand. After several months ironing out conflicts and differences adjusting from a team working environment to top-down management, I was greatly distressed and started questioning my own self-worth and values. I failed then to realize it was God’s way of leading me to new pastures, but now I know.

Many of us have probably experienced the feeling of self-doubt at one time or another, and questioned ourselves whether we are cut out for a certain job tasked on us to perform. In the Bible, we read of several people who were also faced with such similar situations. When called by God to deliver His people out of Egypt, Moses said, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11 NAS). On becoming king, Solomon prayed, “Now, O LORD my God, You have made Your servant king in place of my father David, yet I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in” (1 Kings 3:7 NAS). When told to deliver Israel from the hand of Midian, Gideon said, “O Lord, how shall I deliver Israel? Behold, my family is the least in Manasseh, and I am the youngest in my father’s house” (Judges 6:14-15 NAS).

Questioning ourselves when feeling inadequate or when in self-doubt is nothing wrong, but we ought never to give up. This is because very often our abilities are not our own but God-given, and in His strength we can succeed (Philippians 4:13). If we take the time to ponder over our past, we may discover the many occasions we did certain things we were not qualified for or capable of doing under normal circumstances. Such abilities are God-given; not our own. Like salvation, they are the gift of God, not as a result of our works (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Just as Moses, Solomon, and Gideon prevailed in the Lord when they obeyed God, therefore, let us also not fret but be prepared when called upon to do His will or to a new adventure ahead. Let us be content with weaknesses, insults, distresses, persecutions, difficulties for Christ's sake; for when we are weak, then are we strong (2 Corinthians 12:10).

Grant us dear Lord the confidence to do what You ask of us, and give us the strength to do the things we cannot do. Help us completely trust in You and not dwell in self-doubt, but overcome our feelings of inadequacy and inability. We desire to obey Your command O God, for You know us better than we know ourselves. In our weakness and distress O Lord, keep us content for Christ’s sake that when we are weak, we may be strong in You.


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Hiram Claudio05/31/12
This was so completely loaded with wonderful insight and so very much on topic. The comparisons of Moses, Solomon, and Gideon were great and the message was spot on! A well written piece.
CD Swanson 05/31/12
I adored this piece. The way the Biblical characters were used to bring accord, and to bring the topic to the forefront. Nicely done.
God bless~
Leola Ogle 05/31/12
I could certainly relate with this. You did a great job with this. I love the line in the prayer..You know us better than we know ourselves. God bless!
Laura Manley06/02/12
I have been fascinated by the various ways people have written on the topic for the week. Your entry was indeed very cleverly written where you not only covered your own life's questions but posed some of those from the Bible. Very nicely done!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/06/12
I'm always amazed how your words fit my feelings at just the right time. Of course it shouldn't surprise me because I know the Spirit tells you what to focus on and in your obedience, I learn a lesson I needed or one that needed a refresher course. Amen!