There’s a fine line, isn’t there, between confidence and overconfidence? But here’s a question: can you ever have too much confidence in God? Is it possible to be overconfident in Him?
Actually, I suspect that all too often we head in the other direction when we’re faced with challenging circumstances. Our confidence in God wavers when enemies confront us. Think back to the last time you faced a difficult situation in your life. On a scale from zero to 10, how high was your confidence that God would get you through it?
One of the things that helps grow your confidence in God is going through challenging circumstances again and again – because, each time, you can look back to see how God delivered you.
Perhaps that’s why King David was so supremely confident in God – he’d had so many life and death scrapes in which God had stump up to save him.
Psalm 27:13,14 I believe that I shall see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! (NRSV)
Do you think David’s being over-confident here? Not at all! It’s just that he’d learned through bitter experience that God is faithful; that God can be depended upon. And his advice to you and me in difficult times, the thing that he’d learned in all those dark and dangerous places?
Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! Wait with the hope, wait with the expectation, that God will show up and defeat the enemies that assail you. Wait for the Lord!
That’s His Word. Fresh … for you … today.