September 26, 2023

Not Intimidated

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“But as for you, use self-restraint in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”—2 Timothy 4:5 NASB

Born in Sweden, Wilhelm Stenhammar became a skilled pianist and conductor but aspired to be a composer. Finally, after years of honing his craft, he felt ready to debut a major composition—his first symphony.

Then, just a month before introducing that symphony, Stenhammar suddenly became discouraged. Why? He heard a symphony written by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Comparing his own piece, Stenhammar felt intimidated and inadequate.

He allowed his first symphony to be performed once, but plagued with doubts, never permitted additional performances. Years later, his first symphony would be discovered and admired by later generations. Many wondered what could have happened if he had not been so discouraged but fully developed his gifts.

Many believers face a similar dilemma. God may have given them unique talents, yet comparing themselves with others, they feel intimidated or uncertain.

God wants us to persevere and never surrender to doubts. As Paul told the timid Timothy, “God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.” Paul called on him to “kindle afresh” the gift God had provided (2 Timothy 1:6–7).

The same is true for you! Don’t allow yourself to be paralyzed by doubt or comparisons. Faithfully use the gifts God has given you.

Reflection Question: What gifts and talents has God given you to use for His glory?

Prayer
Father, thank You for the gifts and talents You have given me and help me to steward them faithfully. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
2 Timothy 4

Prayer
Father, thank You for the gifts and talents You have given me and help me to steward them faithfully. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
2 Timothy 4