The Landmine of Insecurity
Insecurity may not sound as explosive as landmines like pride or jealousy, but it, too, is a very dangerous pitfall. A great deal of damage can result in the life of a person who habitually feels insecure. Such feelings can develop from many different kinds of situations. We may experience tragedy, like the loss of a parent in our early life, or we may grow up in an environment that throws us off balance. Sometimes we feel insecure because of major failures we’ve experienced.
Whatever the root cause, the effects are often similar. We may be indecisive because our fear of making the wrong choice leads to avoid decisions altogether. Sometimes we have a difficult time establishing lasting relationships because we are afraid we won’t be a good friend. Or we might keep our distance from fear of rejection—people frequently perceive this as pride or snobbery.
Sooner or later, we may become critical of others. When we’re hurting, we often want other people to feel bad, too. At the same time, we can fall into the trap of believing success is based on approval and acceptance by others. The truth is that God has a special path for our lives, where success cannot be measured by human praise.
Insecurity isn’t something we can confess and thereby gain freedom. Rather, it’s a condition we must confront over a long period of time. Ultimately, we must decide to trust what God says about us and not what the enemy whispers.