13 February, 2016 40 days of change-Lent, 2016
Confidence – Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
To many people there is something very attractive about a person who has confidence; not the swagger of arrogance or the emptiness of a self-exalting egomaniac, but the humble confidence of a person who seems to be convinced that all will be well. Many people try to gain this by working hard at finding balance in their own sense of self awareness and trying to live comfortably within the bounds of their abilities and knowledge. However, as people of faith, we are to be confident, not in who we are, but in who we believe God is and in God’s boundless abilities and knowledge. The more we experience God, the more we learn how boundless. Each step of faith builds more and more confidence, realising that God is able, that God knows.
The miracles of Jesus portrayed a great deal of confidence. For example, when he had his disciples sit the people down so he could feed them with 5 rolls of bread and two fish, it was an act of confidence on his part. A young romantic might be nervous when he or she invites a person of interest to a restaurant in case any number of disasters could occur, such as the cook has gone home, they ran out of food, the waiter spills the food on them, the cash card machine malfunctions, or there is a natural disaster that wipes out the restaurant. I’m sure some of those have gone through your mind when thinking of inviting someone to a restaurant (or maybe not). But not Jesus, he’s confident. He has them sit in readiness, because he is confident they will be fed. He gives thanks before he starts distributing, because he is confident the few morsels he has will stretch as far as it needs to stretch. He’s so confident, he sends the disciples out to collect the leftovers and they did not come back empty handed. Jesus was confident because he knew God knew how many were there and how far it had to go. Jesus was confident that to make a meal to feed 5000 was well within the abilities of his Father. He had seen God feed a nation for many years.
On a scale of 1-10, how confident are you. Remember, your ego and your visa card doesn’t count on this scale. It’s a question that only relates to how confident are you in God’s ability and knowledge. Do you move through your day knowing God knows, thinking God can? Have you been thinking of doing something generous for someone today? Pray that God leads you to the right person and to do the right thing. Then with confidence step out; don’t hesitate; don’t procrastinate. If you feel a little bit of hesitation, don’t beat yourself up; remember a time or two when God did something special you. He’s able, He knows. Each time you take such a step your confidence will grow, and you will become a changed person, one who is more confident about God.