“Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward”
(Hebrews 10:35, ESV)
I was not a confident teenager. What about you? I was thin and wore silver, thick-lensed glasses. Once a screw fell out of my glasses and for a stretch of time I used a straight pin to keep them together. I was not the girl the boys wanted to date, and at times my self-esteem was in the gutter. However, somehow, by the grace of God, I emerged from that gawky stage of life, and gained some confidence as an adult.
I believe there are times when we are more confident than others. We can lose confidence in our friends, our family members, and especially ourselves. This is a normal human emotional reaction. However, what can we do when we lose confidence? I believe we need to re-center ourselves in the promises found in the Word of God and claim Scripture over our lives.
There is an answer in the Bible for every insecurity we may face. When we lose confidence in friends because they’ve hurt our feelings, we can speak Hebrews 6:13 over ourselves: “So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?’”
When confidence is waning within ourselves, we should focus on Proverbs 3:26: “For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.”
And when we find ourselves sinking in the midst of family issues, remember that you are God’s child. Author and Speaker Christine Caine says, “Knowing that I have been adopted into God’s family is the source of my confidence that I am his child.” 1 John 3:1 affirms, “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are” (ESV).
You Are My Champion is one of my favorite worship songs and there is a line in it that says that God crowns us with confidence. I cannot find confidence in myself. It originates at the throne of grace and because of that, I can move forward with my head confidently held high.
How confident are you right now? Will you embrace the confidence that God provides?