No matter how confident we are, none of us is immune from feelings of inadequacies in our work. Questions stream into our consciousness without notice: Am I up for the task? Is my life a disappointment to God? Am I meeting expectations? What is God doing in my life? Does my work have meaning?
Do any of these doubts sound familiar? You are not alone. Everyone at some point in their career has heard these voices. For believers, this seems to be one of Satan's most effective tactics. He loves to make us question who we are. How do we answer these doubts?
As we anticipate the celebration of Easter this coming Sunday, may we not give in to the whispers of the evil one, but rather remember who we are. 1 Peter 23:9 calls us a chosen people and members of a royal priesthood. Passages like this should help us respond rightly to these nagging questions. Scripture is replete with prompts and explicit statements about who we are so that we will not forget. The spiritual giants of the past were also aware of how forgetful we all are. This quote from Martin Luther is a great reminder and is a comfort in the midst of those seasons that are full of questions:
So when the devil throws your sins in your face and declares that you deserve death and hell, tell him this: 'I admit that I deserve death and hell, what of it? For I know One who suffered and made satisfaction on my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, Son of God, and where He is there I shall be also!'
Happy Easter! Christ has risen, He is risen indeed!