Confidence, something I never used to possess and I still struggle with today. I allow people and circumstances to break my confidence, mainly in myself. Trust builds confidence and for so long I trusted no one, including God. So much has happened recently and I see myself changing on a daily basis. I’ve begun to look at situations through spiritual eyes in order to handle things that used to baffle me. If I rely on myself in seemingly impossible situations, I will never be qualified for that which God calls me to do. My help comes from the Lord. If I allow the negative spirits of others to dissuade me and manipulate me, then I essentially push God completely out of the way and I begin to run in my own strength. Where is the confidence in that?
Psalm 71:5 – For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord,
my confidence since my youth.
Now, I have not relied on God since my youth because I abandoned him IN my youth, but that does NOT mean that He did not have confidence in ME. He trusted me, He believed in me, and He knew every choice and decision that I would make. So, in essence, I only have made it this far, because of HIM so I know that my confidence (even when I DIDN’T know) was in God alone. He is the one who saved me, brought me up, made me and molded me. And because of that, I trust Him with all I have. Who or what is your confidence in today?
You can read Psalm 69-72 and bask in the beautiful poetic musical prayers of those long ago at www.biblegateway.com. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #Psalm
To further your reading, consider this from:
Jeremiah 17:5-8 – This is what the Lord says:
“Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
who draws strength from mere flesh
and whose heart turns away from the Lord.
6 That person will be like a bush in the wastelands;
they will not see prosperity when it comes.
They will dwell in the parched places of the desert,
in a salt land where no one lives.
7 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
8 They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
Trust humans, or trust God? I want abundant strength, not only for myself, but for others. I desire to be fruitful in all my ways, even in times of crisis. I do NOT want to rely on mere humans, including myself, when things get tough. I need the Lord to sustain me.