“Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” -Luke 12:22-34
Confidence in the flesh is wavering, ever-changing, and undependable. If we look to ourselves for the confidence we need, we won’t find anything worthy of our trust, as hard as it sounds. We just won’t.
And it’s not because we’re not confident in a low self esteem type of way or anything like that. It’s simply because unwavering, never failing confidence should only and is only found in Christ.
As I’ve grown to know the Lord more, I’ve come to notice a shift in my confidence.
Before, when I was less mature in my faith, my confidence in the Lord was constantly going back and forth. When life was good, I was confident in the Lord’s love for me, confident in His plans for me, and confident in His promises toward me. But….when life wasn’t so good, I wasn’t so confident.
Yet as the Lord has stretched my faith and deepened my understanding of His Word, I’m finally coming to the place where I can be confident in Him during every season.
I think the key to confidence in the Lord is coming to the place where, regardless of the darkness you see and experience in this life, you can say in faith that God is always good no matter what.
God is good because that’s who He is. He’s not only good when life is good, He’s good when life is bad. His goodness doesn’t ever change. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Good things come from the Lord. And only good things come from the Lord.
Take a look:
He is faithful, even when we are faithless. He sent His Son to die for us while we were yet sinners. He withholds no good things from those who walk uprightly. He lavishes His love upon us and calls us His children. He makes us, sinners fallen short of the glory of God, co-heirs with Christ.
All throughout Scripture, we see the goodness of the Lord, so why should we be anything but confident in His love for us, His plans for us, and His goodness toward us?
If you’re still not convinced, look at Jesus. He is the image of the invisible God after all (which means He is the exact representation of God’s being).
So often I hear people questioning why a good God would allow bad things to happen to good people. Well, do you really think God is the one who makes people suffer? Have you forgotten that there is an enemy prowling about, seeking who he might devour?
Look at the life of Jesus. You don’t see Jesus going around throwing sicknesses and diseases on people. No, He came healing those who were sick. You don’t see Jesus taking life but giving life. He came casting out demons (who made people sick). He came to love the unlovable. He came to die for the unworthy. He didn’t sin once. He didn’t harm any one, even those who dared to place their hands on the King of the world. In fact, He asked God to forgive them.
Only good things came from Christ and only good things come from God.
So be confident.
When He says He works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose, you better believe He does.
When He says nothing formed against His people can stand, you better believe it can’t.
When He promises to carry onto completion the good work He’s started within you, believe it because He will.
Don’t solely place your confidence in what you can see with your eyes, because God is moving in ways we can’t see.
He is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine. So let’s not limit His power to what we can imagine.
He hears your prayers. He listens. He answers.
So trust in Him. Rest in His goodness. And do not throw away your confidence in Him, for it will be richly rewarded!