In the hustle and bustle of the busy world system, there are many days in which there is often a lack of confidence in anything or anyone. Sometimes people find themselves questioning their own goals and motives and begin to ask whether there is any stable value system worthy of their confidence and trust.
What a wonderful HOPE in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is only in confident quietness before Him, because of Who He is, that blood‑bought believers are able to come to the place of both rest and strength.
Think with me about REST and STRENGTH. Do those two words sound like they would mean the same thing? Actually, one provides for the other. Confidence must always be in WHO God is. He gives real rest to our own hearts as I cease the labor of attempting to do what only He can do. The “rest” of confident trust in Him, through the ministry of His indwelling Spirit, provides me with the desire, ability and strength to obediently live in ways that please Him.
It is HIS grace that provides HIS strength for moment by moment obedience to Him in my life. In the heat of an interpersonal problem with sinful anger welling up inside of me, it is HIS Spirit and HIS strength that remind me from 2 Timothy 2:24 that the servant of the Lord must not strive, but be apt to teach in a demonstration of Christlike gentleness and patience. It is HIS strength by HIS Spirit that brings me to answer lovingly and describe appropriate steps of biblical action to resolve human conflict.
CONFIDENCE IN GOD
Quietly relying upon HIS grace and strength as I obey Him, to accomplish His will in my life, moment by moment, hour by hour, and day by day.
May God help me today to confidently rest in active obedience to His Word.
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