Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. –Phil.1:6
Confidence doesn’t come easily to me. In fact, I spent way too much of my life believing I wasn’t able to do much of anything.
But I finally found something I am able to do …
I’m able to believe.
I’m able to believe in the One …
- Who is able to make all grace abound, in all things at all times, so I have all I need (2 Cor. 9:8).
- Who is able to keep me from falling and present me faultless before the presence of his glory (Jude 1:24).
- Who is able to do immeasurably more than all I ask or imagine (Eph. 3:20).
That’s a lot of ability …
And that’s a lot of confidence.
Because nothing is too hard for him.
A lot of things are too hard for me. In fact, whenever I start feeling overwhelmed … or discouraged … or fearful … it’s a sure sign I’m starting to look at what I can’t do …
Instead of what he can do.
Lately, I’ve lacked confidence in my ability to diligently seek him for the long haul; in my ability to be faithful until the very end. I’ve lacked confidence in my ability to always burn for him; to always long for him; to always seek his face above anything and everything else …
Then I remembered.
He already gave everything for me. He already was faithful until the end. He already burns for me. He already longs for me. He already sought me … and he found me.
I know he’s not letting go.
And that gives me great confidence. In fact, my confidence began to soar once I truly realized it isn’t about my ability–not even my ability to seek him–it’s about his.
And he is able to shower me in grace; he is able to keep me from falling; and he is able to do more than I can ever hope or comprehend.
He is able to finish what he started in me.
That’s why I’m finally confident.
I’m confident because I believe.
Thank you, Jesus, that you will carry out to completion the work you’ve started in me. You are able to do so much more than I can even hope or imagine! Thank you for building my confidence in you–the only One who will never fail! ~ Amen.