Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
(Hebrews 11:1 (NIV))
I find it ironic that the world loves people who are confident and assured, but the world hates people who profess a faith in Jesus!
I know that I have referenced this old song before, but the world loves the “I did it my way” type of mentality. In fact, if you look at the current societal philosophy that states tolerance and acceptance of every way of life, then you quickly see that whatever an individual chooses to do is supposed to be acceptable and God’s Word is not tolerated. The world applauds confidence and assurance when it is placed within yourself and abhors it when it is placed in a higher authority. I don’t know how much more we can slide down the slippery slope, but I feel that society is becoming more and more rebellious. Society is increasingly looking inward to find what is right instead of looking upward to find what is right.
How many people do you think have ever lived since creation? In all of human history, what has been the results of those individuals who were narcissistic enough to have the confidence and assurance that they knew better than everyone else on how to rule? From the very beginning of time, people have placed confidence and assurance in themselves for various reasons. From the very beginning of time, we have these very same individuals either killing or being killed because of their misplaced confidence in themselves.
We don’t even deserve to be able to have confidence in ourselves!
A person may think their own ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart.
(Proverbs 21:2 (NIV))
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
(Romans 3:23 (NIV))
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Romans 6:23 (NIV))
How can we, as a fallen sinful creation, have confidence in ourselves when all that we have ever done has earned us death?
There is only one thing that we can be confident of!
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
(John 3:16 (NIV))
I am confident in the hope that we have in Jesus! I am assured that my Lord and Savior lives!
Are you confident and assured?