Confidence is a difficult trait to muster. Some people who seem confident are often wearing a mask, a mask that hides their inner turmoil of self-doubt, self-loathing, and the like. Other people, on the outside, may seem to genuinely possess confidence because they can say things like, “I don’t care what others think about me—if they like me, great; if they don’t, great.” But that also can be misleading. Their “confidence” may not stem from assurance but a lack of investment or motivation.
It is, however, possible to possess sincere confidence. Some possess confidence because of their abilities; some because of their job situation or financial situation; still others may possess confidence because of their appearance, but…all of these types of confidence are fading and fleeting and have absolutely no eternal merit or value. So, where does real confidence come from—the kind with eternal merit and value? Would you be surprised if I said it comes from the Lord?
David understood this. Consider David’s words to Saul after David volunteered to take down Goliath (1 Samuel 17): “Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”
David had seen firsthand God at work, and he wisely put his confidence in God because he knew that there was no thing, no person, no circumstance on Earth—not even the enemy Goliath—who could stand against the Lord his God. So, David could confidently say in Psalm 27:1-3: “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.”
Today, let your assurance rest in the Lord your God, and find your confidence in Him alone.