Have you ever wondered what the heroes of our faith had in common? What set apart the men and women we read about in the Bible? Was there some secret ingredient that propelled them to lives of spiritual greatness?
One obvious answer would be faith. You cannot please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6).
But another key ingredient—one that God has helped me recognize and appreciate more recently—is confidence.
con·fi·dence | noun | the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust
Think about David running toward Goliath with sling in hand (1 Samuel 17:48). Or Esther bravely calling out wicked Haman in front of the king (Esther 7:3-6). Or Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, staring at the roaring flames of the fiery furnace, refusing to succumb to the king’s ungodly demands (Daniel 3:16-18).
Do you think they were nervous? Maybe so, but their firm trust in God helped them overcome their fears and allowed them to boldly pursue God’s plan for their lives. These were ordinary people who had both great faith and great confidence—a potent combination.
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? … Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. | Psalm 27:1-3
Moses, Gideon, Esther, Nehemiah, Peter, Paul, the list goes on—these were all imperfect people, just like you and me, who had the guts to put their faith into action, no matter the cost. It wasn’t just that they had faith, but they boldly accomplished great things by faith. Their confidence in the LORD allowed Him to work through them in awesome, inspiring ways. They didn’t let fear and timidity hold them down.
The LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught. | Proverbs 3:26
We should ask ourselves: are we confident in the LORD and in His promises? David was. Esther was. I pray that we are too. I hope we aren’t one day remembered as polite people who shyly minded our own business and timidly stood on the sidelines. How much better to follow the examples of the great men and women who went before us and
boldly, daily, confidently
live out our faith!
If God Himself is with us, then what are we afraid of?
We can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” | Hebrews 13:6