The I Am says I am confident!
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.” Jeremiah 17:7
I will never forget the Christmas that I got the beautiful pink bike with the white wicker basket attached to the handle bars. From the first moment I saw it I could envision the great adventures it would take me on. And so, I practiced for a few months on my training wheels; and in the spring my daddy took them off. Finally, I was going to be able to ride off on my own! I imagined myself, hands high in the air, riding off into the sunset! I climbed up on the seat of that bike and with my daddy’s steady hand of support I started pedaling. He was coaching me as we traveled up the gravel road. After a few minutes of his guidance I said, “I’ve got it! Let go!” And then…I fell; I fell hard! When I stood up the evidence of the fall was running down my leg and I started crying. I wished that I could tell you that I got right back up on that bike and tried again. I wish I could tell you that I had great memories of experiences with my friends on our bike rides. But that would not be the truth. The truth is, I never learned to ride a bike. The truth is I never had the confidence to get back on. The truth is I missed out.
When I think of confidence displayed in the Bible, I think of a young boy with the slingshot and a pouch full of rocks who was confident that he could bring down the giant. In 1 Samuel 17:45 David dressed only in a sheath, no protective gear, looks up at that Philistine soldier named Goliath and said, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” These words made the oversized soldier angry and he lunged after the boy. But the confident lad, grabbed a rock from his bag and slung it into the forehead of his opponent and down he came! David had defeated Goliath! WOW! If only we could have that kind of confidence when we are slaying the enemies of today!
Ladies, I’ll say it again, we were created on purpose for a purpose. But most of us will never step into that calling, because we don’t have all the answers. Unless we are confident that we can be successful, most of us won’t even attempt that which we are called to do; we just won’t. We are scared to step out of our comfort zone; we are afraid that we will fail. And if we do have the faith to try and we don’t succeed on our first attempt, we may never get back on that bike. And we miss out. Isn’t that just what the enemy wants? He wants us paralyzed by fear, he wants us defeated, and he wants our belief shut down in accomplishing what God is leading us to do. We cannot depend on our own self-confidence to accomplish His commission on our lives. The confidence that we must have to live in the fullness of Christ and His calling for us can only be found at the cross.
It is said that learning to ride a bike is easy…once you stop worrying about falling off! Isn’t that just as true when we consider living out the purpose of our life. We need to stop worrying about what might happen or that we might fail. We need to claim the promises found in Philippians 4:13. What would we be able to accomplish if we were truly confident, if we truly believed that we could do all things through Him who strengthens us? So today, stand tall, and move forward with all the confidence of Christ in you, and affirm, “I am confident…because He said so!"
Additional Reading: Exodus 33:14; Psalm 27:1-3; Psalm 59:9; Proverbs 3:26; Proverbs 14:26; Philippians 3:3-8; 1 John 4:4; 2 Thessalonians 3:3; Ephesians 3:12; 2 Corinthians 3:4; Philippians 1:6; Hebrews 10:35-36
I praise You today for all that You are; You are the Creator of the Universe, the King of kings and Lord of lords. You are the I AM! I know that You created me on purpose for a purpose. I am who You say I am. The enemy wants to hold me back from living out the calling You have placed on my life. Lord, saturate my mind with the truth of Your Word so that I may remember that my identity is found in You and only You. Remind me throughout the day, when the world comes tumbling in, that You are in control. Reveal Your will in my life as I only want to please You. No matter how difficult my day becomes I will remember that I can do all things through You (Phil 4:13). In Jesus' name. Amen