Days of Doubt
Days of Doubt
Categories: RECENT RESEARCH
Danielle Roberts, B.S.
Excerpted with permission from Created for This,
As entrepreneurs, we, and I mean all of us, often face feelings self-doubt in our work, and in our calling to do our jobs. So what are you saying about your business and your calling, and what is God saying as a response? Are you saying “I don’t see any fruit for my labor.” “I’m not as good at this as I thought I was.” “Is this even worth my time if it’s not looking right.” It might look different for you, but maybe you’ve asked God if you are really capable of doing this. Maybe you’ve even asked him, “Why me? I’m no one special” or “God, is this what you want me to do? I don’t think I can do it.” As female entrepreneurs, we take pride in the work we do, but we also suffer (big or little) twinges of doubt.
Read what God said to one of the most famous doubters of the Bible was Moses who, when the Lord asked him to do something, questioned his ability. He felt insecure in his ability to do what the Lord asked him to do due to a speech impediment. Once God described what He wanted Moses to do, he immediately doubted his calling and job. Even with the Lord speaking directly to him, Moses said no. This is written in Exodus 3:9-11, “And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt. “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”
Did you see that? Moses asked God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” Exodus 3:11. He asked that question: Who am I? And you know what? When we doubt, we question God. We question God’s role and His wisdom in the calling and role he’s given us.
Exodus 4:10-12 says, “But Moses said to the Lord, ‘Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.’ Then the Lord said to him, ‘Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.’ When Moses asks “who am I?”, he is saying he’s not capable of doing the work that God calls him to.
God’s answer to Moses is that He has the power that Moses does not. God gives the grace to achieve what He calls you to do, our confidence is in God, not ourselves.
Dear friend, be confident in your God-given abilities. Just like with Moses’ question of God, as he questioned his purpose, when we question and doubt ourselves, He answers us. He’s given you all that you need to fulfill what you are called into.
In what areas of your life do you have the most doubt? Take a few minutes and talk with God about it. Journal your answers here.
Do you have any favorite verses to remind you of God’s grace? Take time to write down a few, and remember to rely on Him when your doubts arise.
Want to read more from Danielle? Check out her new devotional: Created For This – a Unique Devotional for Female Christian Entrepreneurs, a powerful book that helps you dig deep into God’s word to grow your faith and business.
Danielle M Roberts, B.S., wrote the book Created for This, with the Jesus Loving Entrepreneur in mind. She knows what it’s like to juggle her life and business and wrestle with the feeling of wanting to go deep with Jesus. She also knows that taking this time to connect with God is an investment not only in yourself, but in every single part of your life. In addition to writing Created for This, she is an online business manager and strategist for small business owners through her company Legacy Creative Co. She has spent the last two years building her business online with the desire is to help small businesses and busy women make the most out of their time. It is her desire to see them have more hours in their day to pursue their business goals, while she takes on the administrative tasks and provides insight from an outside perspective. She is the wife of Lucas Roberts, and a work at home mom of three.