Proverbs 3: King James Bible
Confidence in God – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter three, Verses 23-26
23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. 24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. 26 For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses
The verses above speak directly to two groups of people. Those of us who live rather stressful lifestyles, dealing with stress day in & day out, for example a high stress position at work.
And the other group of people these verses speak to, are the folks that are hit with stressful situations suddenly, anything from a broken down vehicle, to a death in the family. Whatever might crop up from outside of our expectations.
There is no promise in the scriptures above that say the Lord will remove every obstacle from your life and make life a great big pie in the sky for you to effortlessly breeze through. If anything, it points to the fact that you’re going to be going through some things in this life, that even were you doing your best, residing inside the Lord’s perfect will, you’re going to have to face, and ultimately deal with.
What these verses are implying, is the reality of facing things, and going through high stress situations, whether they are expected or unexpected. The rain falls on the just and unjust alike.
The difference is, who’s there to hold your hand in the dark? Who’s there to shine a light on the way you should go, and keep you from stumbling? Who’s there to lift you up out of the dunghill, and establish you up in the cleft of the Rock?
The Father in the verses above tell us, that if we were to hold tight to his wisdom and discretion, and “keep” them, THEN:
- We’ll walk in the way safely
- We won’t stumble
- We’ll not fear when we lay down
- We won’t lose sleep over issues
- We won’t sweat sudden fears
- We won’t sweat the desolation of the wicked
The Lord shall be our confidence. I believe that confidence in God comes after a measure of faith bears fruit. When we know, that we know, that we know, that there is a God in Heaven sitting on the throne, and is willing and able to bear all of our life’s burdens right there with us, and give us a predetermined outcome by his own design, confidence comes and makes great things appear slight.
When we come to the knowledge of God through his Holy Spirit, a whole new world of possibilities opens up for us, knowing that whatever the case, there will be a tomorrow. Weeping may endure for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
There’s nobody more worthy to rest your confidence upon. Confidence in God allows for you to boldly go where you’d otherwise fear to tread.
Related New Testament Scripture
Ephesians 3: King James Bible
12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.
Hebrews 10: King James Bible
35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.
1 John 3: King James Bible
21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
1 John 5: King James Bible
14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
Prayer – Confidence in God
We are bombarded all day every day, with reasons to lose confidence in you, and we ask that you remove any and all residue of these things from our walk with you. Cleanse us of all doubt, and fill our cup of confidence in you to overflowing. May all that you will be written upon our hearts, and remove all that the world has thrown upon it. We desire to be more like the Lord Jesus every day, so we pray for you to oversee and aid us, as that takes shape in our lives. All these things we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Do you have confidence in God?