Lived Out Confidence
For the past three weeks we have looked at examples of confidence in the Bible. We've talked about David growing in his confidence and slaying the giant, and we've looked at Joshua who had to take over as leader when his mentor Moses passes away. Both of these men were young when their confidence was challenged, but they had faith in God and it changed everything for both of them. They ended up becoming two of the most powerful leaders of their time!
Fast forward to the year 2019; you wake up in the morning and look in the mirror. This is your era, your generation, your time. You may feel small or not important, but there is greatness on the inside of you! Like David, you have some "giants" to face everyday; it doesn't come in the form of a nine-foot-tall, 300 pound person, but it comes in the form of insecurity, depression, rejection or fear. Like Joshua you don't feel quite ready to be a "leader". Yet, God is calling you to that greatness because He knows who you are even though you may not recognize it yet!
Being a leader requires constant confidence. Confidence isn't something you build up for a big moment, it's non-stop. It should be a part of everything you do; whether that be taking a test, talking to a friend, even in the way you pray. God created you to be confident! In the book of Jeremiah the Bible helps us see what lived out confidence looks like:
But blessed are those who trust in the Lord
and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.
They are like trees planted along a riverbank,
with roots that reach deep into the water.
Such trees are not bothered by the heat
or worried by long months of drought.
Their leaves stay green,
and they never stop producing fruit.
When we are rooted in confidence, nothing that we face can shake us; we know that everything will be alright in the end. No one can stop who you were destined to be!
What parts of your life could use more confidence? What can you do every day to help you be more confident?