“Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.” –Oswald Chambers
I think if you are like me, you often read quotes and think, “Wow! That’s powerful and so true” but you don’t take a second to really delve into what it means for your life.
When I first read this quote, a particular word stuck in my mind.
Deliberate: Done consciously and intentionally.
While that is not a foreign term for me, it struck me differently when I read this quote.
Deliberate confidence? So that means that the confidence we have in God does not just happen automatically?
Confidence in God isn’t just part of becoming a Christian?
Confidence in God doesn’t just happen automatically, as you go about your life?
And then it hit me: Usually, when I am doubting a situation in my life or fearful of the circumstances, my lack of confidence in God is always propelled by my lack of intentionality to spend time with Him.
My worries begin to consume me and I just HOPE that my “faith” will kick in!
Well, how in the WORLD do I expect a muscle to be of any good when I don’t attempt to use it to begin with.
Truly, I think we just expect ourselves to have confidence in Jesus, because we like totally believe in Him and all, right???
But that’s the thing, confidence in Jesus comes from sitting down and spending time with Him.
It comes from stopping long enough to read the story BEHIND a memorization verse and realize that His character shines through every parable that exists.
It happens when you realize that your confidence is developed through a relationship with the Savior’s heart, not just a revelation or in your decision to accept Him.
In your own personal life, how have you developed confidence in the relationships that you have with friends, family and your better half?
Through time, right?
It doesn’t just come when someone says, “Okay, let’s be friends”, or “Will you be my girlfriend?”; rather, it is developed as you spend time with that person, as you learn their heart, as you see how they respond to situations they encounter, as you witness how they encounter diversity and criticism and as you see them serve those around you.
Y’all, we can claim that we know our God is faithful all day long.
We can tweet about how loving and caring He is.
We can stand in amazement every Sunday at how He pursues our hearts.
We can even spend a week at camp watching Him transform the lives around us.
But if we do not trust Him in the everyday moments, in the tough situations, in the hard times where things aren’t going our way, then our confidence isn’t really confidence at all.
Satan would love for us to live with false confidence in a very REAL Jesus.
Because he knows that if He can get us to proclaim one thing but our heart believes another, no real “change” will ever occur.
We will still let worry consume our nights, fear determine our direction and affirmation determine our identity!
But when we choose to deliberately have confidence in the Lord, when we deliberately spend time with our Rescuer, when we deliberately choose to act on what the Lord commands of us, our confidence is no longer head confidence.
It’s heart confidence.
And heart confidence transforms what our hands do.
Heart confidence is what stands up and says, “No matter WHAT, I absolutely 100% trust in Jesus. I know He is who He says He is and because of that, I have absolutely zero doubt in my mind that I will be victorious through Him.”
Y’all, that kind of confidence will change the WORLD!
It will wreck your little safety net and force you to not just visit, but LIVE outside your comfort zone.
And the coolest part is, confidence in Jesus comes with a bonus.
It comes with confidence in ourselves.
Because when we trust what God says and what His word proclaims, we stand on our identity as children of the most High King.
We stop letting the world determine our capabilities because we have ultimate confidence in the maker of the World.
I am just so thankful for Him.
That, despite myself, He pursued me, redeemed me, speaks to me, guides me, fights for me, loves me and He desperately wants my heart to trust His heart.
Because He knows that deliberate confidence in His character changes EVERYTHING.
So, today, I say this: I am DELIBERATELY CONFIDENT in my Jesus.
“Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” -Hebrews 4:16
“In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, And his children will have refuge.” -Proverbs 14:26