3 things to remember when you feel inadequate

by Wendy Yeap // January 29, 2018, 6:36 pm


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Moses felt inadequate and maybe even overwhelmed when God asked him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. He totally lacked confidence and did not feel that he could communicate effectively with Pharaoh or the Israelites. 

He asked God: “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” Exodus 3:11 

What do you do when you feel inadequate for a job assigned?  

Not all of us can, or should, tell our bosses or managers that we do not feel we can do the job, the way Moses did!

I think of challenges as one of the ways God helps me to grow. They are my faith journeys. 

Here are 3 things I do when I feel inadequate to meet a challenge:

1. Do what Moses did – go to God

We might not be able to pour out our feelings of inadequacies to our bosses but we definitely can do it with God. He promises to “direct our paths” – God’s wisdom was something even King Solomon, reputed by mankind for his wisdom, urged all to seek. Proverbs 3:5-6

I think of challenges as one of the ways God helps me to grow. They are my faith journeys. 

2. Recall God’s promises

He says: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10  

3. Look objectively at what we are facing 

Instead of focusing on the fears, focus instead on the task at hand and the resources available. Fears result from us assigning a negative meaning to our situation. They are subjective. 

Resources are objective. What are the resources God has provided?

Aaron was given to Moses as a spokesman when he felt he was not eloquent. Exodus 4:14-16 God also provides help and advice from unexpected people, like Jethro’s advice to Moses. Exodus 18:19

Are there colleagues or friends who can guide you in the direction you should take? Be bold and courageous and ask for help. 

How we rise to our challenges reflects our God.

“Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity.” Titus 2:7

About the author

by Wendy Yeap

Wendy is a counsellor at Lakeside Family Services (Jurong East) with a certification in family therapy. She serves in the Family Life Ministry and as a cell group leader in Covenant Community Methodist Church.