Those Who Trust
“Do not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; For the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught.” Proverbs 3: 25-26
No telling how many have been given a sense of inner security. Distortion and dislocation will always be a threat to our life. Security is one of the deepest hungers of the human heart. Yet those who trusted found a supernatural means of support through their faith in God.
Americans are often taught the values of self-esteem, self-assurance, and self-confidence. There’s just one problem, you don’t find these “values” anywhere in the Bible. In fact, scripture teaches we should “have no confidence in the flesh.”
Even though self-confidence is an American value, it’s not a biblical value. This does not mean we should not have confidence. We can actually have confidence in Someone infinitely greater than ourselves.
The Hebrew word for confidence is intriguing. It can be translated either confidence or stupidity. The difference between true assurance and self-deceived foolishness is determined by the source of our confidence. When your assurance is based on Christ, it leads to certainty about the decisions you make on your faith journey.
Proverbs offers insight into how we can eliminate our fears by choosing faith and a confident belief in our all-powerful, all-good God. The believer has the unseen support and protection of God. It’s the Spirit of the Lord that removes fear. To the one that trusts, there is an assurance that God is at work to ensure the freedom of the one who trusts.
We aren’t to be fearful because our God is in control, the God who orchestrates the rising of the sun and its setting. We build our confidence in God and learn to trust Him more by acknowledging that He is our strength and our ever-present help in times of trouble.
Heavenly Father, keep me from foolishly placing confidence in myself. Help me to trust in Your strength to keep me from foolishness. When times are tough, help me to trust in You. Remind me each day to keep my eyes on Jesus.