Hebrews 10.35-36 says “Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.”
We all need confidence. The trouble is that we all suffer from fleeting or false confidence.
The sportsman is only as secure as the last victory. The student from the latest grades. The employee from the latest promotion. The businessman from the latest profit.
�The Hebraic Christians started with Jesus. But soon reverted back to more tangible and visible assurances.
The priest performing animal sacrifices in the temple was always going to seem more assuring than an invisible Lord Jesus who supposedly died on the Cross for them.
And so, they shrank back from their confidence in an unseen Lord.
You tempted to do that as trying circumstances, unanswered prayers, irresistible pleasures or addictive power seem more real to you?
What we sorely need is enduring confidence. Enduring confidence to believe in Jesus resolutely and need Him increasingly.
That sturdy faith can only come from hearing the voice of God, over the clamouring voices of fear, pleasure or power.
Choose carefully who you listen to each day.
We just had a blessed time with the RZIM Conference. Each and all of the speakers – from their spectrum of backgrounds in law, business or fashion – drew us back to find our true confidence in Jesus our Saviour and Lord.
Oh, how liberating to be secure in Christ and Christ alone.
A parent loves us and departs. A child grows up and leaves home. Friends gather and then scatter. A job comes and goes. Money serves us and then fails us in the end. Pleasures embrace us and ebb away. Memories comfort us and then fade.
But God remains the same yesterday, today and forever more.
Enduring confidence endears us to Jesus’ sufficiency. Temporary confidence, on the other hand, endears us to self sufficiency. Choose wisely.