Confidence. I’ll be breaking this down into two parts.
Part 1: (noun) - the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust
Do you ever wonder who you or what you place your confidence in? Who do you know for a fact that you can truly trust? Is it a parent, grandparent or other relative? What about your closest and dearest friend? What deems them trustworthy in your eyes?
I know I just asked an entire boatload of questions (sorry, I ain’t sorry), but this kind of reflection is beyond necessary. Especially at this particular point in our lives.
As we go from one phase of life to the next, our list of who we have confidence in can easily change. It’s a sad but true reality. There are some people who we feel we’ll be able to rely on for the rest of our lives. However, being that they are only human, it is certain that their availability will not always be definite. That is why we have to choose wisely. @@Every single person you encounter and feel a connection with isn’t always worthy of your confidence.@@ @@Our trust and vulnerability is precious, therefore we can’t give it to everyone.@@ Doing so will do more harm than good. Everyone who flashes a smile at you is not always for you.
But @@before our confidence is placed in people, it should be in God first.@@ Why? Because there will never not be a moment when God is not there. Even in the moments where we may not feel His presence. People will come and go, but the only constant is God our Father. He says in His word that He will never leave us nor forsake us. He assures us that He will be with us always until the end of age. That is a promise. There is no one on any corner of this earth who can fulfill that same promise. We can rest and know that our trust will always be safe with Him. We can also have confidence in His direction for our lives because He knows us best.
When it comes to who you choose to put your confidence in, ask God for confirmation. @@We were not placed on this earth to do life alone, but we also weren’t placed here to do it with just anyone.@@ Using wisdom and discernment is non-negotiable at this point. We should want to develop connections ordained by God. We can’t always choose correctly for ourselves, which is why @@including the Lord in the decision of who we put our confidence in can make a major difference.@@
So before we shift the gears a little bit and get into the second way of confidence, marinate on this form of the word. We’ll get into part 2 soon.. Stay tuned!