Professional Counselor with Cord of 3 since 2018
I’m worthless. I’m stupid. I’m ugly. I’m fat. I’m a failure. I’m broken.
How many times have we said these things about ourselves? Is that what we truly believe? Is it our true identity? Many times we feel that it is. We allow the past, difficult situations and circumstances, and other painful experiences to define who we are…. And we often end up believing a lie. We look at our past rejections and think there is no way we can be worthy of love. We compare ourselves to others and feel inadequate. We recount our past failures and believe that we will never have success. We look to the world for acceptance, and when we do not find it, we allow ourselves to be identified by the lies we believe. We trudge through life showing the world around us a false identity.
The problem of accepting a false identity is not new to our society. Back in Bible days, Gideon, believed lies about himself as well. When God called him to save Israel from the Midianites, he was shocked. The angel of the Lord came to him and said “The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.” (Judges 6:12) How did Gideon respond? In verse 13, he asks, “If the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us?” Later in the verse, Gideon remarks, “But now the Lord has forsaken us and giving us into the hand of Midian.” What was the lie Gideon believed? I’m forsaken.
God didn’t change his mind about Gideon, though. As if the angel didn’t even hear what he said, he commanded, “Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian.” (Judges 6:14) Again, Gideon responded from a perspective of a false identity. In verse 15, Gideon asked how he could save Israel, sharing that his clan was the weakest in the nation and that he, personally, was the least in his father’s house. I’m weak. I’m nothing. These are the lies Gideon believed. However, God had a plan for Gideon, and as we continue to read through Judges, we find that Gideon did eventually obey God and defeat the Midianites.