by Ray Harmer
It is clearly evident in Scripture that God takes care of those who believe in Him. There is a key word in Ps.65:5 and that word is confidence, “By terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation; who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off upon the sea” (Italics mine). Confidence is defined as trust, certainty, assurance and hopefulness in a person or something. Sitting down in a chair requires confidence that it will hold you. But what about confidence in God? How does one build confidence in God?
First and foremost, we must have trust. Putting our faith in God will provide the confident assurance we need to live in this world. God is not a rickety bridge over a roaring river. He is someone we can fully trust for He will never let us down.
A key in developing confidence is exercising trust. Most young men are daring, bullet-proof and ten feet tall (so we think). However, when faced with obstacles we become quickly humbled. During boot camp at the “University of Parris Island” a recruit is treated to an obstacle course referred to as the “Gauntlet”. It is a tortuous course one must complete to obtain the title “Marine”. There is so much buildup that by the time it arrives (seventh week) you are scared to death for lack of confidence. They tell you that running with rifle and full gear through the swamps, in blistering heat for miles only to face the crucible at the end, is a confidence builder (I think). Once done, each successive time gets easier because one’s confidence is being built.
Likewise, with God. We must trust Him and exercise our faith (confidence) in Him. “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Prov. 3:5-6). In essence, lay back in the arms of God. “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him” (Ps. 34:8).
The Bible is packed with confidence building stories and verses there for the finding. It would be a great personal study; moreover, start journaling. Set aside a book (a diary) just for God. Daily record verses of confidence found in the Bible, write down what you pray to God and record His responses. After time, this journal will become a tremendous confidence builder as you look back on the mighty things He has done for you. As you start this journey, save the first few pages to record things God has already done in your life. It will make for a great reminder and become a cherished read (and confidence builder) for generations to come. Would it not be great if someone were to be saved from reading about our confidence in God? To God be the glory, great things He has done…
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