I know there are some out here who are looking for jobs, some who are longing to be married, most of us who struggle with one thing or another that chips away at our confidence. My husband and I have had some external situations to work through lately that have certainly chipped away at our confidence, and I’ve been reminded, once again, where our confidence comes from. I thought, perhaps, this might encourage someone else, too.
Philippians 1:6 says, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
This may seem overly simplistic, but, as Believers in Christ Jesus, our confidence comes from God, knowing that God began a good work in us, and knowing that He will continue to perfect it till our time on earth is done.
We can be confident in God because of who God is. I think Job 38 – Job 40:2 is one of the many passages in the Bible that describes well the awesome-ness of who God is. Job had grown weary of his troubles and questioned God in previous chapters. In Job 31:2-4, Job says, “For what has God above chosen for us? What is our inheritance from the Almighty on high? Isn’t it calamity for the wicked and misfortune for those who do evil? Doesn’t he see everything I do and every step I take?” Job was disheartened and weary of the calamity and misfortune that had sunk into his life, into his very soul. “Isn’t this stuff for the wicked and those who do evil?” Job questioned … “Certainly not for one like me! ‘Doesn’t He see everything I do and every step I take?’ I am good! I am not wicked! I do not do evil!”
God came back beginning in chapter 38 and answered Job. It’s certainly worth the read, but here are a few verses from chapter 38: “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much. Who determined its dimensions and stretched out the surveying line? What supports its foundations, and who laid its cornerstone as the morning stars sang together and all the angelsshouted for joy? “Who kept the sea inside its boundaries as it burst from the womb, and as I clothed it with clouds and wrapped it in thick darkness? For I locked it behind barred gates, limiting its shores. I said, ‘This far and no farther will you come. Here your proud waves must stop!’
We live in a world, in an economic and spiritual and political environment, where we really can’t trust anyone. People’s words and lives seem as lies. There is no security anywhere around us. But when we focus on who God is, and when we know this God who lives inside our hearts, we can have confidence that this God, this one and only True God, is God!
When we become disheartened, we can simply open our Bibles and begin reading anywhere, and continue reading … and we will find the Majesty and Power and Authority and Love of God woven all through the scriptures. He IS. So while we live in this world of shifting rock and sinking sand, we can stand in confidence on the solid rock of Jesus Christ.