For the Lord will be my confidence... Proverbs 3:26
Has anybody's confidence been shaken a little bit lately? I fully confess, mine has! I didn't realize until recently how much I put confidence in "knowing" the future--haha, how funny that sounds now. For example, my daughter Emmy has a wedding date set for this June. When the date was put on the calendar back in December, there was no doubt in my mind that this grand event was surely going to happen a certain way, at a certain place, with a certain guest list. I can mention other things things that I was confident about, like knowing I would come home with toilet paper from the grocery store or getting my hair highlighted at the right time by my favorite hairdresser. I am sure you have a list of "certainties" too. But what about now? The future is not exactly how I just knew it would be; again, I smile and shake my head at this presumptuous thought. Forgive me, Lord.
This is a great time to reevaluate our heart and mind as believers. The definition of "confidence" is this: the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust.
With this definition in mind, let's reread our focus verse. "For the Lord will be my confidence" (Proverbs 3:26).
Is this verse true for you? Is it true for me? Do I have a firm trust in the Lord? Do I consider Him fully reliable? Who or what, besides the Lord, have I been putting my confidence it? I want to take this time to simply list the names of God that we have covered thus far in our study. Let's take time to review and then rest securely in who He is. Slowly and meditatively read this list; no rushing. We've got time, don't we?:) Build your confidence in the Lord as you say these names, either quietly in your heart or out loud. I encourage you to do the latter. Speaking truths out loud is a faith builder all on its own.
Here we go:
The Miracle Worker will be my confidence.
The Rock Eternal will be my confidence.
The Creator will be my confidence.
The Encourager will be my confidence.
The One Who Silences the Enemy will be my confidence.
The One Who Calms, the Caregiver, the Almighty One, the Leader, the One Who brings Good from Calamity will be my confidence.
The Colorful God, the Counselor, the God of Wonders, the God Who is Everywhere, the Protector will be my confidence.
The Problem Solver, the Anchor, the God of Generations, the God of Blessings, and the Game Changer will be my confidence.
There is more...infinitely more.
I don't know about you, but I'm feeling a little, actually a lot more secure! I don't need to know the future, because I know the One who does. Yes, I want to say with the psalmist and with you right now in this very unknown present day, "He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress, I will not be shaken" (Psalm 62:5).
Let's praise Him out loud today. Remember, your spoken, foundational words of truth have the power to be someone else's building blocks of faith. Especially at a time such as this, let's build each other's confidence in the certainty of our unfailing God.
For further reading: Psalm 62:5-8; Psalm 121; Psalm 18:31-34; Philippians 4:13
We want to have a full and firm trust in You alone! Forgive us when we rely on other things for our security; these are mere mirages of hope. But You, O God, are the living hope in our hearts, the firm foundation under our feet, and the strong fortress around our souls. Keep our eyes on You. Keep our faith in You. Help us during this time of uncertainty. You know, and that's all we need to know. Yes Lord, be our Confidence today. Amen.