So don’t throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you need endurance, so that after you have done God’s will, you may receive what was promised. Hebrews 10:35-36
I can be confident my 401k will stabilize but it may not. My confidence will not yield any reward and was really wasted. I can be confident that my house will sell quickly and a move to another state will come off without a hitch. But when it doesn’t unfold that way, confidence was empty.
A well-placed confidence births endurance because there is never any doubt about the outcome. What I can be sure of here on earth is a short list, is it not? But with God, every word He speaks, I can fully trust. Every promise He makes, I can rest in. Every prediction that rolls off the pages of scripture, I can count on coming true. With such 100% assurance, endurance need never erode. God is good for whatever He put in writing. No deal is ever broken. No promise is ever reneged.
If my confidence ever wanes, it is not due to a flaw in God’s character nor is it because anything He has spoken has been disproven. Though at times it may appear that way, time and history will reveal that the pain of my doubting was completely unnecessary.
But I can be sure of this. Satan knows God’s character. Satan knows that what God says is true. He fears any child of God who trusts God and who challenges his lies with the sword of the Word. Satan is the great deceiver whose mission is to shake the confidence of God’s children. If he can cause us to doubt our Father, he has destroyed the quality of our life here and sent us to a lonely place. While heaven is not in jeopardy, peace on earth can be destroyed if we let it him do it. The essence of faith is trusting what we cannot see. Our enemy capitalizes on that and argues that if we cannot see it, it must not be true. Never is his argument more compelling than when we are in pain and find ourselves weary in the waiting.
There is some ‘thing’ that is testing our confidence today. It is different for each one of us. As I’m writing, I’m aware of my ‘thing’ and I awakened this morning to face another day of battling for my faith. I review the scriptures, I meditate on the promises, I listen in the stillness to the reassurances of the Spirit, and my shaky confidence is restored for another day. I will not ever throw it away because I chose to believe that the middle of my story is really the end of my story. I live in the middle of the plotline. So do you. God hasn’t finished writing the novel yet. We can be confident of a glorious conclusion.
After watching a great movie, we tell our friends ~ “Wait till you see how it ends!” Indeed.
I’m watching and I’m on the path. Amen