Christians should be the most confident people in this world. While the world seeks confidence in perishable and imperfect things, the Christian is confident in God! This confidence will then enable the Christian to do everything that God requires of him/her.
No Confidence In The Flesh
Confidence is almost always portrayed as a positive trait in this world. However, the source of an individual’s confidence makes a great difference! The world values self-confidence or confidence in some worldly thing (i.e. wealth). Yet, the Christian recognizes that his confidence must not be rooted in any of these earthly things – because they are all temporary.
In Matthew 6:19-21, Jesus taught the importance of storing up treasure in Heaven rather than storing up treasure on the earth – because our earthly treasures will not be lasting! Hebrews 11:24-26 identifies that Moses recognized the pleasures of sin were only temporary. Furthermore, Luke 12:13-21 records a parable in which Jesus taught the foolishness of a man who placed all his confidence in temporary, earthly things – only to lose everything when he died!
Consider what the apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 3:3-4: “For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh, though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so.” Paul expresses the fact that he could have had confidence in the flesh (as much as anyone could, particularly in the Jewish faith). However, Paul goes on to say that these earthly things (which had once been considered as “gain” to him), he counted as “loss for Christ”…counting it all as “rubbish” so that he might “gain Christ and be found in Him,” not having his own righteousness based on the Law of Moses; but, that he might have the righteousness which is through faith in Christ and “attain to the resurrection from the dead” (Philippians 3:7-11).
Confidence In God
As you consider the fact that your confidence must not be in the temporary and perishable things of this earth, consider Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” So, you must not rely on and be confident in your own understanding; but, be fully confident in God – and give yourself entirely to His ways! But, how can you be confident in God?
(1) Be confident in God’s nature. Be confident in the fact that God is God! Romans 1:19-20 states that God’s nature of being God and His eternal power can be observed through God’s own creation (compare also with Psalm 19:1). So, consider all of the wonders of God’s creation and be fully persuaded in the fact that God exists, that God is eternal, All-Powerful, All-Knowing, and Ever-Present! Also, be fully persuaded that God is a holy God (Revelation 4:8) who “cannot lie” (Titus 1:2). So, anything that comes from this God is perfect and can be fully trusted – and you can know that this God is able to do whatever He says!
(2) Be confident in God’s law. Since God is fully trustworthy (1 Corinthians 1:9; 1 Corinthians 10:13), God’s law is perfect and will accomplish its stated purpose. Psalm 19:7 says, “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.” James 1:25 identifies God’s law today as the “perfect law of liberty.” Furthermore, not only can you be confident in God’s law because it originates with God; but, because it will not change! Jude 1:3 says that Christians should earnestly contend for “the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” And, 1 Peter 1:23-25 teaches us that, though earthly things come and go, God’s word abides and endures forever!
(3) Be confident in God’s promises. Remember, as you read God’s law, that it is “impossible for God to lie” (Hebrews 6:18)! Therefore, whenever God makes any kind of promise, He will keep it! For instance, in 1 Corinthians 10:13, God promises that He “will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but, with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” Then, notice that all of this wonderful promise is prefaced by the statement: “God is faithful”! So it is with every promise of God – we can be absolutely sure that God will do what He has said!
Be Steadfast In This Confidence
The Christian can have this great confidence in God. However, the Christian must determine to hold this confidence steadfast to the end! To some Christians who were departing from God and God’s new covenant, the Hebrew writer stated, “Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise” (Hebrews 10:35-36)!
So, we must “hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end” (Hebrews 3:6). This is necessary because sin is deceitful – and Satan will try to get our confidence in God to waver and attempt to convince us to place our confidence in earthly things (see Hebrews 3:12-14). Therefore, we must determine (no matter what things happen in life) never to lose confidence in God – and always to “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58), never losing heart or growing weary in doing good (Galatians 6:9)!
But, why should we never lose heart and be steadfast in doing what God instructs? 1 Corinthians 15:58 says that we do this because we know that our labor is not in vain in the Lord. Galatians 6:9 says that we do this because “we shall reap if we do not lose heart”! We must remember that the hope and confidence we place in God will not disappoint!
So, we have this hope as “an anchor of the soul” (Hebrews 6:19) to keep our lives from drifting away from God. For, we know that He has promised the crown of life to all those who are faithful to Him till death (Revelation 2:10)! And, because of this confidence in God, we can joyfully submit ourselves to all of His instructions – because we know that our labor will not be in vain! Paul stated his confidence in God (which enabled him to endure all kinds of suffering for the cause of Christ) in this way: “For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day” (2 Timothy 1:12).
Confidence in worldly things will always disappoint. They often disappoint while we live on this earth. But, they will certainly disappoint when this life is over. However, God has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). Therefore, let us place our full confidence in God now – so that we can stand confident on the Day the Lord returns in final Judgment (1 John 2:28)!