“…On what are you basing this confidence of yours?…On whom are you depending…?” (2 Kings 18:19-20 NIV)
Ladies, today I challenge you to search your soul and ask yourself: “Where does my confidence come from? On whom or what do I depend?” When faced with a challenge, most of us will declare that our confidence is in God, but let’s be honest. Where does your confidence really lie? Is it your money (or his)? Your talent? Your status? Your appearance? Your education? Is it in YOU?
The source of our confidence can usually be traced to the things or people that we first look to when an issue or matter arises. When your finances, your family, your livelihood, and your beliefs are under attack, where do you look first? Do you go to your secret closet and seek the Lord or do you call your girlfriends, your money source, or layout your resume`, thinking, “They don’t know me!” Again, “On what are you basing this confidence of yours? On whom are you depending?”
In Chapter 18 of 2nd Kings, we find that the people of God have their confidence challenged by the King of Assyria. “Do not let Hezekiah deceive you. He cannot deliver you from my hand. Do not let Hezekiah persuade you to trust in the Lord when he says, ‘The Lord will surely deliver us.’” (2 Kings 18:29-30 NIV) In this passage, Judah is under attack because Hezekiah, the King of Judah, has rebelled against the King of Assyria by continuing to worship God rather than the king. When Hezekiah hears the king’s challenge, his first response is to go to the temple and to seek Isaiah the prophet (2 Kings 19:1-2). Although afraid, and though he could have easily responded with his own power as king, Hezekiah chooses to make God his source.
Like Hezekiah, as women of God, our confidence must always rest in God. When things are going well, we must boast in the Lord and recognize that nothing good dwells in us apart from God. (Romans 7:18) When we are faced with challenges, the same confidence that we have in God must remain with as we learn to endure. Throughout the Bible, “we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses” who can attest that there is no better source of confidence than our Lord and Savior. (Hebrews 12:1) We can look to Job, the Hebrew boys, Daniel, Hannah, Ruth, Rahab, and even Hezekiah to find examples of those whose faith and confidence rested in God. When we examine their lives, we can see that their confidence was not in vain. They are a testament that when our confidence is in the right place, God always shows up and shows out!
We thank You for being our source of confidence. Help us to seek You first in all things. Help us to know that nothing that we have is good unless it is blessed by You. During both good times and bad, teach us to boast and trust only in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to place your confidence in God. Know that He never fails. And when people ask, “On whom do you depend,” proudly respond, “The Lord is the source of my confidence!”
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Ms. Latasha McCrary is an active member of St. Luke Christian Church in Huntsville, AL where she serves as a Young Adult Facilitator and is training as a Life Skills Coach. She is passionate about the practice of law and views her profession as an extension of her calling to serve. Latasha firmly believes that “Service is the price we pay for the space we occupy” and is grateful for God’s continuing favor evidenced in her life. “By this I know that you favor me, because you have not let my enemies triumph over me.” (Psalms 41:11)