There are some things I’m very confident about, others…not so much. I’m confident that God loves me; I’m confident that my family loves me; that my husband would protect me from harm.
Unfortunately, my confidence level takes a nose dive every time I look in the mirror. That’s when I’m staring my flaws, failures and inabilities in the face and I question my own potential. Yet, God’s Word is to be my mirror…not the glass-layered aluminum situated on my bathroom wall.
I love how the Amplified expands the significance of Phil 1:6, “And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.”
Paul was absolutely confident that God would do what God wanted to do in his life. The same is true for you and me. The work He chose to begin in you will be the work He will develop, perfect and bring to full completion. It may not be the work you think it should be, but I assure you, it is the work you were created to complete…it is chock-full of the good works He has saved you to accomplish.
Ephesians 2:10 in the Amplified says it this way…
“For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].“
I’ve learned that if my confidence level is low, it’s because it’s supposed to be. Phil 3:3 says,
“For we [Christians] are the true circumcision, who worship God in spirit and by the Spirit of God and exult and glory and pride ourselves in Jesus Christ, and put no confidence or dependence [on what we are] in the flesh and on outward privileges and physical advantages and external appearances–.”
My confidence is found in the Living God. He chooses my path; He decides how He wants to use me; He chooses what gifts and abilities He wants to use in and through me. It is He that works in me both to will and to do of His good pleasure.
I am His and I am absolutely confident that He will accomplish what He desires through me.
How about you? Do you struggle with confidence? Are you listening to the mirror on the wall or to the mirror of God’s Word?