For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught. Proverbs 3:26 (ESV)
In order to raise a leader, God has to raise that leader’s confidence and self-esteem. Confidence and low self-esteem cannot exist together. Confidence has to come from knowing who you are in Christ and seeing what He sees in you.
Keep in mind; you can be humble and confident at the same time. Being humble simply means that you esteem others to be greater than yourself. It doesn’t mean you esteem yourself lowly. If you rated yourself on a scale of 1–10 and saw yourself as a 9.9, there would be nothing arrogant about it as long as you viewed everyone else as a 10!
When God called Gideon to lead His people into triumphant battle, He first had to change Gideon’s view of himself. God knew that Gideon could not fulfill his destiny with low self-esteem.
When an angel appeared to Gideon, he called Gideon a mighty man of valour. At first, Gideon could not accept that title. In Judges 6, you can read how God proved to Gideon that He would work with him, and this confidence in God caused Gideon’s self-image to rise.
This connection is vital. Healthy self-esteem stems not from your own ability, but from knowing that God believes in and loves you and that He is willing to work in and with you.
God wants to raise you up because your future requires more confidence. Like Gideon, develop a confidence in God and His ability and you will do great things.