One of the main criticisms we have of each other in these days as we see things differently than in years past is “what happened to your confidence?” What is it about today’s world that has you so beaten down? The answer to that question is not hard to answer; we don’t have to research it or think long and hard about it. The answer looms increasingly in front of us as we listen to the TV or read our newspapers or even just listen to people talk. Fear and uncertainty, which have been put down for years have suddenly raised their ugly heads. Our world is not as it used to be or as we want it to be, but we act like we don’t know how to fix it. A good question might be – do you really not know or do you simply not want to bother being a part of the solution?
Well? I do understand that our talents and capabilities cannot by themselves solve such a gigantic problem so what can and will we do? The answer has always been right in front of us, but for some unknown reason we have chosen to ignore it. Can we continue to do so? Those of us who are older manage to think that time probably won’t allow us to do much so why bother. Those of us who are younger lean to the excuse that we simply don’t know what to do and someone with more experience should take care of this problem.
Looks like we are at a standoff. So, Lord, just what are You going to do? Folks, I hate to burst your bubble, but our Lord has already given us the knowledge and the tools to fix our problems; it seems we are just a stubborn people. Okay, where do we go from here or shall we just hope someone else is smarter and sees the problem in time to fix it without bothering us?
I know that confidence in a person develops through life experiences and unfortunately there are many of us who cannot claim the best experiences. For some unknown reason there are often two camps in the life of a young person and most of us know that. There are the popular kids and the leftovers. We may wonder why this happens and often feel like it shouldn’t and yet I have come to believe that God has His reasons for allowing His children to be different. Our world would probably be dull and not very effective if we all were the same plus there are different times in life when each group will have its day of glory. Hopefully at the end of our journey each life will be blessed as we all find the true and awesome glory that God has planned for us.
In the meantime, what can we do to give us the confidence we need to fulfill our Creator’s mission for us? The Word tells us plainly that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. That surely should be enough all by itself. For those of us who need a little extra shove the Psalmist reminds us that It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man (118:8 ) and By awesome deeds in righteousness You will answer us, O God of our salvation, You who are the confidence of all the ends of the earth (65:5).
Confidence is not something we were born with; it comes from many different directions – from a family in which we feel secure and able to grow and from the quiet times we spend with our Lord, learning about why we were created in the first place. Why would God bother with giving us such a huge responsibility when He could have simply retained all control instead of sharing it? I can see you smiling because you already know the answer to my question – the confidence and joy we desire and long for comes not from the seed itself but from the resulting outcome of the planting.
In Thee alone, dear Lord, we own sweet hope and consolation;
Our shield from foes, our balm for woes, our great and sure salvation.