Monday Devotions, Peace in Christ

Confidence and courage in an unsteady world

Someone once told me that I acted and held myself in a confident manor. The compliment took me back, while I surprised and pleased with it, secretly I had to disagree.

Because I don’t think of myself as a confident person, not in a second-guess-everything-I-do way, but the I-am-confident in everything type.

When I think of someone who is confident, I think of being fearless, strong, and not afraid of anything; willing to go for any situation without doubt or fear.

That is the complete opposite of how I feel sometimes.

One of the many definitions of confident is:

A feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities

If I had to rely fully on my abilities without the help of God, I would be a mess, and about as unconfident as you can get.

I have been playing the piano for 10+ years, and no matter how much I practice, I am never 100% confident about playing on Sunday mornings, there are some songs that I fully rely on God to get me through.

There are very few things we can be confident or rely fully on in an ever-changing world; you cannot rely on the media for truth, you cannot rely on government officials to follow through with their word, you can’t even believe in the weather predictions.

There is just one thing that we can rely fully, without a doubt, 100% on, and that is an unchanging God and His word for truth.

An unchanging God who can give me confidence through His word. We can find verses that tell us some of the “qualities” of being confident

Joshua 1:9 says

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

If ever I need a boost of confidence, this is just one of many I go to. It talks of being strong, of good courage, and not being afraid.

This verse is a direct command from God, and it is the second time God is giving it; the first person He gave it to was Moses.

Deuteronomy 31:6 says

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Now it was Joshua reminding the children of Israel what God had commanded them to do; to be:

Strong

Have good courage

Do not be afraid nor be dismayed

That is quite a list and to be all those things. It can be difficult and so often we feel quite the opposite.

I mentioned that I have been playing piano for years now, but I remember when I first started playing the piano I was a nervous wreck every time I played. My confidence level was very low, and I didn’t like getting up in front of people. And my Mother in her great wisdom would say “don’t be nervous”

Did it help? Nope!! Like I had a magic button I could switch and poof! no more nervousness! It did not work that way…I am still trying to convince my Mom it does not work that way.

Having someone say “don’t be nervous” or “have a little confidence” does not work like magic.

But we have a God on our side that can take us by the hand, says “do not fear”

Isaiah 41:13 says

For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’

But how can we be be strong and courageous?

… for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

I often say in my Sunday school class, that we can go to the highest mountain peak, to the depths of the ocean, and still, we cannot hide from God’s presence.

Psalm 139 talks of God’s unlimited knowledge, and how He is always with us. And with that knowledge, we can be   

Strong

Have good courage

Not be afraid nor be dismayed

If we are all those things, we can be confident in all we do. If we go into a challenging situation, we can be confident God is with us, if we feel like the world is going mad, we can have courage knowing God is in control.

John 16:33 says

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

It is that God who has overcome the world, He gives us strength, courage, and confidence. The God who is unchanging.

Through those promises of God never changing, and never leaving us, we can be partly that definition of confident, we just might have to reword is…

Confidence

A feeling of self-assurance arising from God’s abilities and promises

Last weeks posts:

Monday Devotional: The Eye of the Storm

Wednesday’s Post: Greatest Life Lesson

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