Confidence Out of Mishaps

My mom had incredible confidence. Her entire life was a series of one mishap or another mixed with amazing and unprecedented blessings. I think her confidence arose from never focusing on the mishaps but rather showcasing the good things that came her way. She was industrious and worked into her 70’s. When she had cancer at the end of her life I asked God why. She didn’t. I wanted to know why the woman of faith I knew had to endure that mess after all her life endurance. She never questioned. She just kept going.

Are you like me? You want confidence. But are we willing to pay the price for it? Not the outward price but the inward price. True confidence, like all qualities of faith, is built from the inside out and comes as a result of endurance.

Oh beloved, maybe you’re like most of us. Endurance is over rated. We want instant weight loss and instant retirement savings. We want instant answers to hard questions and we like people to instantly meet our needs.

Yet this morning God wants you to know that He is faithful. Faithful to see your situation. Faithful to meet all your needs. Faithful to warrant your praise while you’re going through stuff and faithful to give you confidence in the midst of whatever you have to face. If someone in your life isn’t meeting your expectations you can rely on God. It’s time to quit trying to put your confidence in the flesh – whether it’s someone you count on or simply yourself. God has a way of making life blossom in the dessert. You may feel like you’re going through the Mojave without a canteen but God is about to give you a huge drink of supernatural confidence in Him. He has already provided for everything. You just have to believe and walk on through. He is with you and that’s the most amazing confidence you’ll ever know.

God loves you and He’s for you. Today you can grow in confidence by believing Him over what you see and how you feel. Run to Him this morning and hand Him your desert backpack – your marriage, your career, your health, your extended family or whatever you have weighing you down. And watch as God replaces your heavy weight with the weight of His Glory. And then live confidently in the Truth of His provision for you!

Psalm 37: 3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.

Psalm 145: 16 You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.

Hebrews 4: 16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Psalm 27: 1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?

Matthew 11: 28 Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.

        Rebekah Beene – Oh Beloved!