“For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared." Proverbs 3:26.
Nothing in this world keeps us moving on but confidence. Yes, but confidence in what? Certainly not in the ever changing world; not in the frailty of human life; nor even in the fast advancing science and technology. But our confidence ought to be in the Lord God, the Creator and Sustainer of all. Amen!
Let's look into a beautiful illustration of the three-fold meaning of confidence from God's conversation with Joshua many years ago in the history of the Bible.
1. IT IS THE TRUST IN WHAT GOD HAS PROVED ALREADY: Joshua 1:5.There was perhaps nothing that could have strengthened Joshua's faith in the Lord at that critical time when the leader Moses was no more and a great burden was put on his shoulder. God's working through Moses in the midst of Israel for so many years was a strong and undeniable proof to encourage Joshua to put his trust in the Lord. Similarly, whenever we are faced with seemingly difficult task and are weighed down, we need to recollect and rest on those moments of joy In the past when God proved His faithfulness and we experienced His blessings; then begin afresh from that step on, so that we will have confidence and comfort. Remember, the Lord said"... as I have been with Moses, so I will be with you, I will not fail you or forsake you." Hallelujah!
2. IT IS THE CONVICTION ABOUT WHAT GOD IS PROMISING: Jos. 1:6. It is not only the past experience of great spiritual upliftments that often encourage us to go on, but also the trustworthy promises of God. The Lord was promising Joshua that he will give the possession of the land to the people of Israel as He swore to their fathers. They waited for this promise for so many years through testings and travails. What a joy that now Joshua would he finally bringing it to pass! There are countless and more promises In the Word of God that belong to His children who are made heirs through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Titus 3: 7). Take holds of and stands upon the promises of God that can never fall and you will have confidence! Amen!
3. IT IS THE FIRMNESS BASBD ON WHAT GOD CAN PROVIDE Jos. 1:7.In order to be partakers of all that God has and is promising (2 Peter 1:4), one, has to be firm in his devotion and allegiance to the Lord. Joshua was Commanded not to turn either to right or left but to do all according to what God had already commanded in His law. There is no alternative to unconditional and uncompromising obedience to God and His Word for a victorious Christian life. Yes, we are encouraged to hold fast that which is entrusted to us till the end. Heb.3: 6. It is God who provides and rewards hundredfold for all we do to honor Him and His Word at all times. We are also exhorted not to throw away our confidence, Heb.10: 35. Because the Lord is faithful and is able to provide all we need. Phil .4:19. Let that be our confidence!
"IN QUIETNESS AND CONFIDENCE SHALL BE YOUR STRENGTH". Isaiah 30: 15.
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