And Rabshakeh said unto them, Speak ye now to Hezekiah, Thus saith the great king, the king of Assyria, What confidence is this wherein thou trustest?2 Kings 18:19
Everyone has confidence in something! For some, their confidence is in what they can see with their natural eyes. For others, they trust in what God says in His Word although they can’t see Him with their natural eyes. The question is, what are we looking at? What is our focus? By implication, the things we are focusing on most are what we are putting our confidence in. No one willingly focuses on things they know will not profit them.
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.2 Corinthians 4:18
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.Hebrews 11:3
The world was created by the Word of God being spoken to an empty void. God said “let there be light!” and so it happened. The world was not made by things that are seen. The invisible God spoke the visible world into existence. So then, what shall we trust in? The visible things that were created by God or the invisible God’s Word which was the source of what we now see? Doesn’t it make more sense to trust in God and His Word?
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.Matthew 24:35
In the last day God will destroy the present heaven and earth by His Word and will create the new heaven and earth wherein dwells righteousness. By the Word of God the world and its sin is held in reserve for final judgment. Those that trust in themselves, in society, in governments, in religion and so on will have their confidence shattered in the day of Jesus Christ. Only Jesus is the Word of God, only Jesus is a suitable recipient of our confidence and trust and assurance. Jesus is the living Word and He speaks the truth in love. We can trust the truth. We can trust God’s Word spoken in love, for love secures the highest good of all people. The devil is selfish and the father of lies. What he says is not a foundation for anything eternal. The devil is temporary but God is eternal. Selfishness is temporary but love is eternal. Let’s put our confidence in God who is love and His Word spoken in love. Only love is reasonable. Selfishness is unreasonable and will soon pass away. Those that receive the love of the Truth of God’s Word will continue forever in a relationship with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. Those that trust in themselves will be in the lake of fire which burns with torment day and night forever and ever. The choice of what we trust in and put confidence in right now in this world will determine which world we live in forever. So, choose wisely!
A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.Proverbs 14:16
In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.Proverbs 14:26
Here in Proverbs 14 we see the two types of confidence. Confidence in self and confidence in the Lord. Only the fear of the Lord will deliver us both now and in the day of Jesus Christ. Only by departing from evil and selfishness and lust will we walk in the confidence that love towards God and others brings. Notice that the selfish and foolish and evil men do have a confidence, but that confidence is in things that cannot deliver them. The father of lies has blinded them with the darkness of selfishness that everything will somehow be OK since they are trusting in man who was made in the image of God. But what is more trustworthy? The creation or the Creator? What is worth putting confidence in? The lies of Satan or the Word of the unchanging, immortal God? Just as this present earth and heaven will pass away, so will the confidence of foolish men. Only the righteous who live by the law of Christ (love) will have confidence when they pass away from their earthly temple of these physical bodies.
Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.2 Corinthians 5:6-8
Why are Christians so confident? It’s because we are walking by the faith that was displayed by the life of Jesus while He was on earth. God the Father was faithful to honor Christ’s faith in His Word. It worked for Christ and it works for all those who follow the example of Christ of being faithful to the Word of God until physical death. Jesus Christ said if we believe in Him we will never die spiritually. Oh, these are the riches we are to put confidence in! The same Holy Spirit that inspired confidence in the Word of God in Christ’s life is the same Holy Spirit that is indwelling the body of Christ (the church) and is inspiring confidence in the Word of God! Either God is a liar and cannot be trusted in anything or else His Word is Truth and we can trust it in ALL things. There is no middle ground. The Word of God is full of truth that can be verified by our reason and logic. The Word of God actually explains the heart and spirit of man and God better than any secular reasoning could ever do. Only the Word of God is being born witness to by the Spirit of God. The same Spirit of God who inspired the Bible is also the same Spirit that is bearing witness to the Truth of the Word. Jesus said the Holy Spirit glorifies Him, the Word of God. Faith and confidence in Jesus Christ surpasses carnal and earthly wisdom and knowledge. We can trust in lies or we can trust in Truth. God’s Word is truth. It is an unshakable foundation. It worked for Jesus during His life on earth and it will work for us as well. Trust in the Lord will all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all things depart from evil and God will order your steps in His Word. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Serving the Lord starts and ends with believing His Word. The Father said that Jesus is His beloved Son in whom He is well pleased and that mankind should listen to the Word of God. Receive the love of the Truth and be saved! Only the Christian Bible is Truth. All other so called wise books can wisely be discarded if they do not rightly divide the Word of Truth!
May the Lord bless you as you put confidence in Him and His Word. May that confidence spring up eternally throughout all ages to the glory of God in Christ Jesus, amen!