Confidence in Doing

on October 28, 2019

Confidence defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary is a belief that one can rely on someone, something, or oneself. Minimal confidence can prevent people from taking risks. We can learn to improve our confidence throughout life by capturing negative thoughts and replacing them with positive ones.

An overdose of confidence can come off as arrogant. Projecting just enough confidence helps people gain credibility and tackle challenges.

The Bible mentions another type of confidence: confidence in the Lord.

I joined a women’s Bible study on the book of Jeremiah. The leader asked me to read chapter seventeen. As I read-aloud verse seven, “But blessed is the one who trust in the Lord whose confidence is in Him,” my heart pounded. While the meeting closed with silent prayer I asked God why the word confidence bothered me. I waited and waited…

Later that evening, the neighborhood association president called and asked if I would give thanks over the annual potluck dinner the following Sunday. I agreed and went into my office to write the words for the upcoming prayer. I tuned into a Christian radio station for inspiration. “Do it Again” by Elevation worship began to play. As they sang the lyrics, “The Lord’s faithfulness, still in your hands, this is my confidence,” my chests tighten. Lord, is there something you are trying to tell me?

The next day, I drove to the mall and shopped for the perfect outfit for Sunday’s dinner. I tried on a cute outfit and walked over to the three-way mirror. The sales clerk said, “You look stunning in that outfit.” I smiled and turned toward the dressing room. As I closed the door, I realized my confidence was in an outfit, a rehearsed prayer, and myself. God’s Word reveals our heart’s condition; that’s why the verse in Jeremiah regarding confidence bothered me. Ouch!

As I hurried to change, another scripture came to mind. “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). Inside the dressing room, I asked God for forgiveness.

I’m thankful God knows us better than we know ourselves. His corrections are sweet. No matter what we say or do for the kingdom, the Lord goes before us and prepares the way. He is the true source of our confidence. Let me ask a question. Where does your confidence lie?

14 thoughts on “Confidence in Doing”

  1. You are such a blessing! God bless you.

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Backatcha, Larry. Blessings to you, the family, and your business.

  2. Beautifully stated, Linda. Thank you.

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Thank you, Jean, for stopping by and reading the latest post. I can’t wait for you to guest blog.

  3. Nancy says:

    God Bless You! Love You!

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Nancy.

  4. Diane Clark says:

    Linda, your humility and willingness to share so frankly with others is just one of the things I love about you! What a dynamic devotional you have shared for all of us to sharpen our faith by. May God bless you especially today!

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      May God bless you too, Diane. God holds His children responsible to walk in the light of the understanding He so graciously gives us.

  5. Rae Ann Richard says:

    Keep up the good work!

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Happy to hear from you, Rae Ann. I hope you are doing well.

  6. Diane Clark says:

    You certainly were faithful to His calling when you read your new children’s books to our tutored kids from Gulf Shores Elementary. They were captivated but the adventures of Crystal as she discovers her “glow.” May God continue to bless you on your book tour! XOXO

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      You’re my greatest bookend friend, Diane. Always keeping me close, watching my back, and supporting my stories. What would I do without you?

  7. Diane Clark says:

    You have plenty of friends who love you! However, we do have a special connection as Christian writers. I am passionate about promoting your latest book especially since I’ve seen the amazing response when you read to our 1st-3rd graders in Gulf Shores. They were captivated by the adventures of Crystal and her family. Some bought the book to learn more. Can’t wait to read your next book in the series!

  8. Diane Clark says:

    You touch and change the lives of everyone you meet as you minister in your own special way! I LOVE to be in your midst so I can become more like Jesus and YOU! XOXO

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