Scripture - 1 Chronicles 4:9, 

Many people, both young and old, suffer with low self-esteem, some even from birth. In 1 Chronicles, we read of a child whose mother from the womb names him “pain.” This child probably had a very difficult time, even from his infancy. Yet somewhere, somehow he heard about someone who could change his life and his whole world. By faith, he prayed and received an answer from God. The Scripture tells us this young boy prayed an innocent yet powerful prayer. It was through faith in God that he prayed, was blessed, and healed. We too, must have this kind of faith, so when we pray, God will hear us and heal our damaged emotions.

Whether in our childhood, teenaged years, or even as adults, bad choices can cause us to have low self-esteem. We may find ourselves in the wrong career, or perhaps we’ve made a bad marriage choice. Even a good marriage can go bad and end in divorce after years of togetherness. This can leave us alone and with low self-esteem. The everyday struggles of this life can cause low self-esteem. Sometimes we are unable to complete our education, or struggle to obtain an education at a late stage in life. Being passed over for a promotion on the job, wayward or disobedient children, sickness (mental or physical), bad investment choices, or being financially strapped all can murder our self-esteem.

Be not dismayed. There are great benefits in having your confidence in God. The psalmist writes in Psalm 40:1 of how he waited patiently upon the lord and God inclined his ear unto him the very moment He heard his child’s cry. Have you ever just cried out unto the Lord? Read what happens in the rest of Psalm 40. This alone will turn your mourning into dancing.

Perhaps your self-esteem is so low you cannot think clearly. Well, if you can just remember Proverbs 3:5-6, where the writer admonishes us to “Trust the Lord with all your heart; and lean not to your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.” It will do us good to read and meditate upon this entire chapter of Proverbs. Therein, we can find much encouragement for our downcast spirits, joy for our sorrows, and peace for our troubled minds and healing for our broken hearts.

Tell somebody about Jesus today. Pray for all Pastors. Remember, we are one at the throne (1 Thess. 5:17).

— Sister Catherine Raphael