In our most precarious moments, we desire confidence more than any other trait. However, confidence is one of those traits that appears most elusive, especially when you need it the most.
At our office in ReachAcross here in Brisbane, I have often found myself in moments where confidence is a requirement of my role, more out of necessity than desire. When speaking to senior directors of large organisations, or presenting at large conferences, perhaps even meeting with refugees and migrants from other religious backgrounds, it can be quite difficult to portray confidence. But in these moments I find self-confidence is never the solution.
In Scripture, it says,
“For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth”
- Psalm 71:5”
The writer of this song actually faced several challenges in his life from a young age, being chased by lions and bears, to attacks from soldiers and giants, even being betrayed by his own friends and children. But because his confidence came from God, and not his own abilities, he was able to place his trust and rest secure that His Lord would deliver him.
So next time you find yourself in a situation beyond your own abilities, call on God to give you real confidence in Him.