2Ti 1:12 KJV For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
There are so many things in this life I am confident in. I have confidence in the sunrise, in the beauty of all of creation. I have confidence in my family (even though they sometimes make me crazy). But, we understand that confidence comes through experience. We must experience the things of life to build the confidence. Although sometimes we may gain confidence through the experience of others. Experience by proxy is more difficult to accept. As we gain the experience, the muscle of confidence is exercised. It is the same with faith. I once read a commentary by William McDonald that explained faith this way. He said, “Faith is confidence in the trustworthiness of God.” What I found in that statement was profound. No longer was faith a mystery. No longer was it blind. Faith had become the easy step, the next step. I looked into the Word of God and saw it. The experience of the past Saints. I looked into the lives of those around me and it was there. God was and is working all around me to show me He is worthy of my confidence. But that took some doing. Like most people my past was difficult. Trust came at a premium. But it did come. The more I looked into the Word of God, the more abundant evidence of His trustworthiness was unveiled to me. Listen to the Word from 1Pe 3:12 KJV “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.”
If you have trouble trusting in and having confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ, I implore to look again at the providence of the world around you. Whether that be the creation in the world or the lives of those around you. Don’t place your trust in man, but place your trust in the God who created and is moving in the world around you. Have confidence in Him alone.
Stay Positive and Stay in the Word!
The Positive Pastor