Confidence, at its most basic level, is hope in God. It is with confidence and hope in Jesus’ salvific action that we will one day be resurrected at the Second Coming of Christ, as promised in 1 Cor. 15:35-58. It is with confidence and hope in God’s promises that we place our trust in Him. He will always give us what we need as noted in Matthew 6:25-34. With these assurances, we traverse through life with confidence. When we place our confidence in God, knowing that He will always be by our side, guiding us in every way, we also begin to gain confidence in ourselves. We believe what Matthew says in Matt 19:26: “With God, all things are possible.”
God can take the weakest of us and use us for His purpose to further the common good; to shine the light on the Kingdom of God on earth. Take the premise of the movie, God’s Not Dead as an example. In this movie, a first semester college freshman takes on a professor who has a Doctorate in Philosophy to prove the existence of God. Together they put the existence of God on trial, with the students in the class posing as the jury. The college freshman is God’s defense attorney; the professor is the prosecutor, who also happens to be a self-proclaimed atheist. God chose what many would consider the weakest of man to defend Him, especially in the eyes of a secular society. With confidence though, this college freshman debates the scientific evidence and articulately handles challenging counter questions from the professor. Their debates have a rippling effect on others. I don’t want to tell the whole story, for those who have yet to see the movie, but “With God, all things are possible” (Matt 19:26), and the college freshman gets everything that He needs from God to confidently structure God’s defense strategy. If you haven’t yet seen the movie, I heartily recommend watching it. This movie will give you confidence for the next challenge that you receive in defending your own faith.
How do you embrace confidence? We’ll address the answer to that question in our next reflection on the virtue of confidence. Don’t miss it!