“But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.” Jeremiah 17:7
I wasn’t planning on choosing a word for 2018, but I can’t stop thinking about confidence. You see, I want it. Do you?
Confidence doesn’t come from within me somewhere. It comes “in Him.” My confidence is in Jesus Christ. Amen to that!
I say amen, because I’ve tried digging up some confidence on my own. It seems the pit of my insecurity runs deep. I find myself battling the compulsion to control my circumstances in order to avoid risk and protect myself from failure.
The dictionary defines confidence as follows: “the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something.”
And I know I can rely on Jesus.
It’s also defined as “the state of being confident about the truth of something.”
And I know God’s truth has set me free. In fact, His truth continues to set me free on a daily basis.
Confidence is also “the feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of ones own abilities and qualities”—abilities given to us by God.
Sometimes I feel like there’s something stuck inside of me blocking the rising up of confidence. Do you feel it too?
Is it because I don’t appreciate my own abilities and qualities, comparing myself to others? Or is it because I fear appreciating them would look arrogant?
I’m pretty sure it’s a mixture.
This year, I want to rise above insecurity and my reluctance to move forward in confidence.
Such confidence we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate servants of the new covenant. (2 Corinthians 3:4)
God has given each of us abilities and qualities that make us beautiful. Why are we so afraid to use them with bold confidence?
You know who else questioned their own capabilities when God wanted to use them for His glory?
Moses didn’t think he could communicate well enough but led the children of Israel out of slavery in Egypt.
Joshua was reminded repeatedly by God to be strong and courageous. (Joshua 1:9)
Jeremiah told God he couldn’t speak well and was too young to be a prophet.
Elijah fled to the wilderness, filled with doubt about his calling and fearing for his life, until God encouraged him in a gentle whisper.
I am ready for anything, through Him who infuses inner strength into me. I am sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency. Philippians 4:13
God will equip you for anything He wants you to do! And He promises to be with you.
For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:13 NIV
Are you ready to allow God to work in you to will and act in order to fulfill His good purpose? What might that look like for you?Confidence helps us remember that we are not responsible for the results—the results are up to God. All we have to do is follow and obey. Click To Tweet