“O LORD, when you favored me, you made my mountain stand firm; but when you hid your face, I was dismayed” Psalm 30:7. God’s presence in life being the difference between confidence and dismay.
Moses as an unwilling but obedient servant discovered that truth. In exile at Sinai, he felt God couldn’t use a man like him. Before the Sea of Reeds, with disaster behind and apparent catastrophe ahead, he knew God had already resolved the problem. God in his people means they succeed because he lives in them. True today. True tomorrow. True forever. Face all challenges confidently, Christians, because Jesus Christ lives and his Spirit lives in us.
Now…a warning…remember that God called three men to service: Moses, Gideon and Saul. Of the three only Saul failed his calling, because he never learned to trust God. Moses trembled at his prospects but went forward on faith. Gideon shivered, shook and quivered at his, but obeyed. Saul, originally humble in fear became proud once in leadership. In his egotism he didn’t advance in faith because he trusted himself, not God. Unlike Moses and Gideon, Saul had his best days at the beginning of his rule, and never again. His example warns us that even our strengths will become weaknesses if not surrendered to God. Moses and Gideon encourage us that even our inadequacies become strengths by obeying God.
People today spend thousands of dollars hoping that motivational gurus can build their self-confidence—and all the while God does it for a mere confession of Jesus Christ as Lord! Why do we continue to SEEK what has already been FOUND? Why do we tirelessly look where no help exists and ignore the Source of all help and comfort? For confidence is the natural consequence of belonging to Jesus Christ, the result of accepting him, the mere by-product of the forgiveness he offers and of his personal presence in us. When we have that essential we’ll naturally possess self-confidence and self-esteem.
If we’re sure that God is calling us to serve him, and we’re reluctant or refusing because we’re afraid we can’t do it, DO IT anyway—and we’ll find fear changed to an equivalent confidence because God’s Almighty Presence floods our soul! Remember: we don’t need to know WHERE we’re going, but only that God is LEADING us there. FINI.
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