CONFIDENCE IN THE LORD
We can “approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” Hebrews 4:16
What does it take for us to be confident in doing something or towards someone? There are two words that come to mind. First is “Trust”, second is “Security”. A person who has confidence is clothed with both.
We can be confident in doing something, say for example, working on an unfamiliar task repeatedly makes us masters of it. As we become more able to meet our desired outcome, we feel secure that there is less chance in failing.. We then gain confidence that we can do it right next time since we have become skilled in handling that particular task.
Being confident towards someone, on the other hand, also has to do with “trust” and “security”. You can trust a friend to arrive on time for your twelve noon appointment, if he is someone who always keeps his word. You are secure that your friend will not go anywhere else until he gives you his word. You are assured that he cares for you and will do his best not to offend you. You trust this person and you are confident that he will come through for you.
You see, confidence puts a big weight on trust. Gaining someone’s trust means meeting certain conditions and standards. In life, however, we will be put in a lot of unfamiliar situations that may not give us the time and opportunity to test the waters. So, what do we do when the unknown comes? How can we be confident with something we have not yet become masters of?
Proverbs 3:5 says,
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.”
We are to put our trust on God and not on the things we believe to be trustworthy in this world. He knows all things and we can be assured that He keeps His word always (Deuteronomy 7:9). He has given us the soil we stand and even the ability to produce its crops (Deuteronomy 8:18). He knows the things that have been and the things that will be. He knows your need even before you ask them (Matthew 6:8).
God knows that left on our own we can not win this life. Because of our sins, we are separated from God and our efforts will never suffice. We would always end up lacking and in need of help. It is foolish to think that a person can trust himself. For even the life he has and everything he gains in it does not belong to him. Surely, we are not our own masters. God knows that when we are not dependent on Him, we are nothing. This is the very reason why Jesus had to reach out to us and became our Mediator and Savior who reconciled us to God. Now through Him, we can confidently come to God and ask for His grace and mercy to sustain us each day.
The word of God also leaves us with this promise. “And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6)”
Now be confident, because we can trust in God!