Finding Confidence

Good morning!

Confidence.  I used to define confidence as “trusting in my abilities”.  Since I was a young child I grew up believing I could do anything I set my mind to.  I grew up roping and competing at rodeos starting at a young age.  The harder I worked at it, the better I got and I began to trust in that ability that I was developing.  The more I trusted that I could do it, the more confident I became.

It reminds me of a boy I’ve read about…a boy who tended to his father’s sheep and goats.  Day in and day out he was out in the fields watching over the flocks.  It was his responsibility to make sure they stayed safe, stayed all together and didn’t wander off.  The opportunity David had to protect his father’s flocks had developed his character and he had gained confidence.  So when the giant Philistine was threatening the Israelite army, he had no problem saying “I’ll go fight him!” (1 Samuel 17:32)  David had confidence.

But more important than his confidence in his ability, David had confidence in his God.  He didn’t hesitate.  He didn’t shrink back in fear.  He didn’t doubt when everyone else did.  He believed.  He believed he could and he believed his God would.  I love how the scriptures tell us that as Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him. (1 Samuel 17:48)  Confidence.

Confidence has everything to do with trust.  We place our trust in people, in our abilities, but are we ultimately placing our trust in the LORD?

We fall short, people fail us, our abilities will fade but the LORD…He is the same yesterday, today and forever.  (Hebrews 13:8)  And He is someone who we can be confident in that will never fail.  We can quickly run, just as David did, full of confidence in this life because we trust in his promises, his faithfulness, and his goodness.

Blessings,

The Johnston’s

A New Kind of Confidence

Good morning!

I have been doing lots of thinking lately…thinking about all the time, energy and joy that doubt has stolen from me.  I have come to realize that doubt is actually the opposite of confidence.  When we doubt our identity, our abilities, our gifts, our goals, our call from God or whatever it might be, we lose a bit of the confidence that we started with.  And when we lose our confidence it can really slow down our progress or stop it all together.

“But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.  He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.  It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.  It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8

These verses keep coming back over and over in my studying.  Where have I placed my confidence?  In myself?  In my friends or family?  In a boss or someone I deeply admire?  Or have I placed my confidence in the LORD?  The One who holds my life in his hands… because if my confidence was in the LORD alone doubt wouldn’t have a chance to creep in.

I want that kind of confidence.  The kind only found in trusting the LORD.  I don’t want to wither and dry up when the heat of life comes; but stand sturdy and confident.  I don’t want to give in when adversity comes but stand in confidence.  I don’t want to fear when I fall short, but to stand confidently in the LORD.  I want to place all of my confidence in Him, because He cares for me.  He is for me not against me.  And He is good.

Blessings,

The Johnston’s

 

 

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