What happens when we misplace confidence?
Ever put your trust in the wrong person? What about a company?
Living near Houston, I immediately think of Enron. Thousands of people lost their life savings and retirement funds in that company’s collapse.
Putting our trust (confidence) in the wrong thing, person, or place, can have serious consequences.
Reliance on God alone is what we should strive for. Your supply does not come from your job. Your supply does not come from the state. Your supply does not come from Congress. Your supply comes from Jehovah Jireh, God: our provider.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust
in the name of the Lord our God.
Some people spend years cultivating the “right” relationships. They do this not for spiritual reasons, but to strategically manipulate those relationships to their advantage at some later date. These may be powerful people, like judges, bankers, lawyers, and politicians. They could be the pastor, his wife, the deacons or the praise and worship leader. While one set of friends sound better than the other, we must always remember that we cannot place our whole hearted and complete trust in people.
People are flawed. People are broken. People will let you down.
Ladies, this may be hard to read, and I do not want you to misunderstand me, but if all you rely on your husband for your provision and spiritual food and love, then you have created an idol in your life and God will pull our idols down! Nothing can exalt itself against God.
When people breathe their last breath, they will return to the earth and all their plans with them.
So what does real trust and confidence in God look like?
It looks like rest.
Confidence and trust that God has every detail of
your life brings freedom from anxiety and worry.
Matthew 6:30-32 (AMP)
But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, what are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, what are we going to have to wear? For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.
Rest in the Lord. Bring him your hearts burdens, but do not be weighed down by the little things like what you will eat or where you will live. God has this. Rest.
Faith in Action
Secondly, real confidence looks like faith in action.
James 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works.
When we really believe that God has your best interest at heart, we do not sweat the small stuff AND we put our money where our mouth is.
We Act on What We Believe.
Are you sick? Have the elders lay hands on you, anoint you with oil and pray believing that you are well. (Mark 16:8)
Are you broke? God provides everything, but you must do your part. Are you tithing? (Malachi 3:8-12)
Are you hurting emotionally? God heals even the brokenhearted. (Luke 4:18)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5
Real confidence changes everything.
Question: What do you want changed?
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This tandem series on CONFIDENCE is a joint effort between Dana Pittman and Dayna Bickham. Both Dana and Dayna blog about life, grace, and God’s love and plan for you. To follow this series, visit here to learn more.