Is confidence of value in the service of God?

Is confidence of value in the service of God?

Self-confidence is a plague in divine service (Jeremiah 17:5). When a believer relies on his presumed ability, his service for God can produce nothing (John 15:5). When a believer, because He feels inadequate, does not serve in a work God has given him, he too is a liability and equally self-reliant.

Confidence in God is indispensable. When a believer - parent, preacher, spouse, or elder - knows that God has given him a responsibility, he should have confidence that God will provide the grace and ability to accomplish the divine intention for that work (Judges 6:14). Could a believer wish for more, or less, than that?

D. Oliver