Such confidence we have through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. 2 Corinthians 3: 4-5 (NIV)
I’m ashamed of myself. A fifty-something-year-old should not be doing this . . . driving to work head-bobbing to a Taylor Swift song.
For goodness sake, I’m a grandfather. I shouldn’t be tapping the steering wheel to “We are never ever getting back together.” It’s just not right . . . but I can’t help myself.
I had a discovery one day on the way to work while I head-bobbed while listening to “Twenty-Two.” One of the lyrics stuck me: “We’re happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time.” I can vaguely remember those days back in my twenties. I think Taylor got the lyric right, but I don’t think it’s necessarily limited to our twenties, at least for me. It made me think about my walk with Christ.
I know Jesus died for my sins to give me freedom and I know I am redeemed by his blood. That makes me happy, but too often I’m confused about what I should do with my life. I make brilliant plans and I toil and fret to achieve those goals . . . but to what purpose? Even wise Solomon was confused, and probably lonely, when he said, “When I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.”
Paul put it best when reminded us our confidence is through Christ. Nothing we do or achieve has any meaning without Him. It’s through Him we are competent. It is through Him, we are made perfect.
Because I have times of doubt that come when I drift away from the heart of God, I can relate. When I turn my eyes toward Jesus, diligently read His word, and seek His will in prayer, I feel the strength mentioned in the Psalms: “Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.”
I’m convinced that we should be happy and free in Christ, and even though we might feel confused and lonely at times, there is strength in the Lord Jesus.
The next time you find yourself lacking confidence, do a little head-bobbing to the Word of God. Therein lies the confidence you need.
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Dalen Keys began writing in 2008 and since that time he has published four children’s picture books, two middle grade Christian fiction novels and numerous articles and devotions. He has a B.S. in chemistry from the University of North Alabama and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Rice University. To support his writing habit, he is a R&D Planning Manager with DuPont in Wilmington, DE. He lives in Landenberg, PA with his wife, Mitzie. They have three children, and two grandchildren. Dalen can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.