Insecurity is a loaded term; it can mean different things to different people. Before we get into how insecurity affects our lives, I want to define what it is. When I talk about insecurity, I’m referring to the lack of confidence or assurance that all of us grapple with at some point. It’s the overwhelming sense of self-doubt that plagues our minds.
When you lack fundamental confidence in yourself, and allow that baggage to remain packed tight and hidden away, it will eventually manifest in your life in a variety of ways. Let’s look at just a few of these ways.
Why is it crucial to understand insecurity? Because it’s the impetus behind the way many of us think, speak, and act. Many times, we simply respond to what others say or do, never discerning that, in reality, the underlying source of their actions is insecurity.
When someone is extremely shy, that’s often because of insecurity. Likewise, when a person is overly arrogant or aggressive, it’s usually a mask to cover up an underlying sense of “not enough.” Maybe you know someone who lets people walk all over him or her; or someone who has a tendency to always conform to what others think they ought to be. All of these behaviors are fueled by insecurity.
Negative attitudes, gossip, posturing, and a host of other behaviors are the result of insecurity. We see plenty of examples of God’s people struggling with insecurity in the Bible. In the book of Exodus chapter 3, Moses is hidden on the backside of the desert when God speaks to him from a burning bush. Several times, Moses gives excuses for why he can’t be the right person to lead God’s people:
1. “They won’t believe me.”
2. “I’m not well-spoken enough.”
3. “Please just send someone else, Lord!”
Finally, God’s anger burned against Moses. He had reassured and affirmed him three times, and still, Moses refused to obey. I wonder if that’s how God feels with us sometimes. Of course, He loves us unconditionally; but could it be that, when we give into insecurity and allow it to derail us from our obedience and purpose, God gets frustrated?
This is why dealing with insecurity is so important. In other blog posts, I’ll discuss the sources of and solutions to insecurity; but as a foundation, it’s essential to understand what it is and how it affects our walk with Christ. What’s the source of your insecurity? How are you going to respond to it?