To effectively practice confidence in God and in yourself, step one is to seek the Holy Spirit’s counsel and guidance asking for the virtues/gifts of wisdom, discernment, knowledge and understanding, so that you can better traverse through this journey that we call life. Step two is to pray for increased confidence in God and in yourself. You can do this by asking the Holy Spirit to help you see all the good things going on around you that impact your life. Give thanks to God for your blessings (your loved ones, your needs met, the graces received, etc.). Step three may seem to be the most challenging: Face your doubts and fears, knowing God is right beside you. Perhaps, this quote from Proverbs will give you strength:
“Be not afraid of sudden terror…For the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from the snare” (Proverbs 3:25-26).
The Lord will always protect you from the evil of the devil, who tries to fill your head with doubts and fears, if you let God help you, by listening to God rather than the lies of the devil.
The fourth and final step is to actually act with confidence in God and in yourself, as described by the words of Saint Paul:
“Such confidence we have through Christ toward God. Not that of ourselves we are qualified to take credit for anything as coming from us; rather our qualification comes from God, who has indeed qualified us” (2 Cor. 3:4-6).
Saint Paul is telling us that everything that we have in the form of talent is a gift from God, for it is God who qualifies the called. All credit goes to God in whom you have placed your confidence. Go forth in Christ’s Peace, to practice confidence in God. Act confident!
With confidence in God, we hope to receive contentment, which is our next virtue up for discussion. What is contentment? We’ll discuss the answer to that question in our next reflection. Don’t miss it!