Key to Confident Living

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 16:1-11

We need to face life with a confidence that rests on a realistic basis. Earlier, the Psalmist spoke of the false confidence of the ungodly whom he quotes as saying, “Nothing will shake me; I’ll always be happy and never have trouble” (10:6). False confidence indeed! Nothing but wishful thinking. How different the true confidence of the godly who says here, “I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken” (v. 8). His confidence is not in himself but in God.

Concerning those who trust in Him, Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me . . . they shall never perish and no one shall snatch them out of my hand” (Jn.10:27-28a). Such a person rests on the promises of God.

Calvin said, “The godly man knows that his life hangs only on a thread . . . living in a world as if he were sailing a tempestuous and dangerous sea nevertheless . . . bears patiently all his troubles and sorrows, and comforts himself in his afflictions because he leans wholly upon the grace of God.”

Do you face life with confidence? You need to. You can. Do not trust in yourself. Do not make believe that difficult situations will never confront you. Look to God through Christ who has promised to see you safely through the greatest difficulties life may hold.

PRAYER

Father, give me confidence as I lean completely on Your promises. Through Jesus. Amen.