Do you have confidence? If so, in what? We place confidence in all sorts of things. It can be people, education, jobs, doctors, our car to get us where we need to go, or medicine to make us feel better. But do we truly have confidence in God?
Our salvation is through Jesus Christ, and the born again believer has been reconciled to God, the Father, by their faith in Jesus. (See 2 Cor 5:18 & John 3:16) So my question is… Do you have Confidence in Him? Most of us can agree on the wonderful relief we have of our sin debt being paid, but do we live a confident Christian life for others to see? Do we live out our faith in difficult times? It’s easy to be confident when the bills are paid, relationships are comforting and we receive a clean bill of health from the doctor. But what happens when the children are disobedient, the job didn’t work out and the bills are piling up, we become sick, or that wonderful relationship with a loved one went south?
Well, our view of God, and who He is, can make all the difference. Proverbs 14:26 states “In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.” Fearing the Lord is not something people speak of much any more, yet Solomon, the wisest of kings, wrote many passages about it. Why?
Fearing the Lord (reverence, awe, wonder) is the product of knowing who He is. To know God, is to know about Him by His Word, and if we honestly believe the bible to be true, how can we do anything but stand in awe? This God, Jehovah, the ‘I Am’, who spoke this world into existence, delivered His people, fed them from heaven, destroyed their enemies, raised up prophets, and sent His only Son to die for you and I, is still on the throne!
We (Christians) should be the most confident people on this earth. Yet in times like these, with right now wrong and what used to be wrong is now right, the entitlement mentality, national debt, moral decay, and the presidential election that’s causing arguments among the closest of friends and family… how do we stay confident? By keeping our focus on our Heavenly Father… Remembering Who He is, and what He did! Jesus Christ teaches us how to live and respond to others, but if we are to remain confident, we must stay in His Word.
Confidence is full trust; belief in the powers, trustworthiness or reliability of a person or thing; belief in the ability to succeed. (dictionary.com)
If you fuel up your car and head out on a road trip, how many miles would you travel before you start losing confidence? How close do you allow the needle to get to the ‘E’? Many of us these days are riding on spiritual fumes. We don’ t take time to fuel up on the Word, spend time in prayer, or reflect on how mighty and wonderful our God is. We then lack the confidence we need, which causes many of us to withdraw from people, become irritated with relationships, depressed when we watch the news, and bitter at what the world is becoming.
Don’t let these difficult days burden you. Get in God’s Word and focus on Him. That is where our confidence becomes strong. Don’t allow your confidence to be misplaced. Whether things turn out the way we want or not, God is still God, He’s the same yesterday, today and forever! (Hebrews 13:8) We can rest in His promises through Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. He will never fail, He is never wrong, and if you stay in His Word, you can be confident in His love, redemption and provision for your life.
Rev. Cathleen N. Cathcart is the pastor of New Life Worship Center in Spartanburg. This is the sermon she delivered recently.