“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” -Hebrews 11:1
It’s as simple as that. confidence is trusting that God is who He says He is. Regardless of what it looks like, confidence is trusting in His word, all the time. We are invited to put our confidence in Him. He calls us by name and says “you can trust me”. He shows us His beauty and His love daily.
However, sometimes we might lose our confidence. Situations and circumstance and things like hurt and loneliness might cloud our ability to have confidence in our Lord. But, take heart – we are not alone in this struggle.
The Bible is filled with stories of people who lost their confidence. Job, David, John the Baptist, and so many more. We are in good company here.
So, how can we cultivate confidence in Jesus? How can we grow it and learn to lean on it?
First, we have to have confidence in God’s presence. We have to rest in the fact that, because of Jesus’ death on the cross, we can come and be with the Creator of the universe. Because of Jesus, we have the ear of God. Instead of becoming outcome focused or behavior focused, we need to be gospel focused. We need to dive into the Word and remember who He says He is, and who He deems us to be.
Second, we have to have confidence in God’s people. The truth is that we all have been hurt. Everyone has scars left behind by other people. Everyone has wounds from those that were careless with their hearts. But still, we have to believe in God’s people. We have to work together on this. We are called to spur one another on and encourage each other.
Third, we have to have confidence in God’s purpose. We can trust in God’s plan because we have knowledge that unbelievers do not have: that we have better and lasting possessions. We know that we have promises that extend beyond our lives on earth. We know that we have beauty and grace and love that are more important and more long-lasting than anything we might find here. And that knowledge allows us to fully trust and have great confidence in our Jesus.
God is never changing. He never breaks His promises and never gives us just a little bit of Himself. He gives His whole heart for us to know. He leads us and guides us and provides for us. And there is no better confidence than confidence in Him.
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