We hear a lot of talk these days about “self-confidence” and how important it is to have it in order to succeed in life. I used to teach and coach this worldly “wisdom” for years before Jesus showed up. Now, instead of self-confidence, I teach Savior-confidence. It is Christ alone who is worthy of our confidence. When we place our trust in ourselves, we can never be sure of anything! We might have a good day or a bad day. But when we put our confidence in our Savior, regardless of the kind of day we experience, our confidence is in the right place and it need never waver.
Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. (Isaiah 50:7)
The psalmist had his confidence in the right place. He looked up instead of in. He looked to his Savior and not himself. This is the key to living a life that truly matters. You see, when we are totally convinced that our God is there to give us strength, there is nothing we will not risk for Him. Why? Because we know we will never be disgraced in His eyes. Oh, we may risk and lose in the eyes of this world; they may even laugh and jeer at us. But in the eyes of the only One who matters, when we place our confidence in Him, we are never disgraced, regardless of the results.
Think about this for a moment; marinate in this truth. If your God is helping you in whatever area of life you need His help, who can actually hinder you? You might even expand on the assurance given us in Romans 8:31; in addition to saying, “If God is for me, who can be against me?” say, “If God is for me, why should I care who is against me?” Make no mistake: no obstacle you face is more powerful than the Omnipotence who has promised to help you.
Where is your confidence today? Are you confident in your strength … your smarts … your success … your significance … your skill … you sincerity … your service … your sacrifice? There is someone better—so much better—to put your confidence in, and His name is Jesus. Trust in the One who took your beating, your nails, your crown of thorns, and your cross. If He did that for you, what do you think He will withhold from you today?
All the way back in the Garden of Eden, the lying serpent convinced Eve to question God’s goodness. Don’t let that happen to you today . . . or any day! God is good and He wants the best for you. Granted, His best for us may not always look like the “best” we were hoping for, but know this: whatever His best is at that time is the very best! Divine support will deliver you from the hollow promise of “self-confidence” and give you a confidence that will never let you down. Trust in Christ alone and know that trust will bring you to the Fount from which all blessings flow.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!