How can we remain confident when we feel like giving up? By ignoring the little voice that feeds us doom and gloom. You know how it goes….
Worry whispers that inflation is going to make it impossible for us to pay the bills and we’ll soon end up a homeless statistic.
Anxiety assures us that trying to resolve conflict in a difficult relationship is pointless. It will never improve, so why bother?
Fear says our kids and grandkids don’t stand a chance in a world dominated by threats of nuclear war heaped onto the reality of floods, famine, hurricanes, racism, euthanasia, and gender dysphoria.
That little inner voice seems bent on leading us to focus on all things bad. Listening to it leads us to a place of despair, but God’s plans for us include something much better than dwelling in the dark. He wants our perspective to be one filled with hope and characterized by confidence, and this happens when we listen to His voice, the voice of truth.
“Light shines in the darkness for the godly,” wrote the psalmist. (Psalm 112:4 NLT) “They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the LORD to care for them. They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly” (Psalm 112:7-8).
An online dictionary defines “confident” as “the state of feeling certain about the truth of something.” As followers of Christ, we can feel certain that God’s promises are true because He cannot lie. (Hebrews 6:18)
Therefore, we can be confident that God will never leave us when the going gets rough. (Deuteronomy 31:8) He will always give us the wisdom we need when we ask for it (James 1:5) He will provide all our needs. (Philippians 4:19) He restores our broken hearts. (Isaiah 61:3) Someday He will wipe away our tears. (Revelation 21:4) And the list goes on.
I like this quote by Roy Lessin: “Confidence is not based on you having all the resources needed to take care of yourself; confidence is based upon the truth that God is faithful.”
Confidence is based upon the truth that God is faithful. That’s the voice of truth, my friend.
Listening to the voice of doom and gloom makes us feel like giving up. But listening to the voice of truth leads us to a place of confident hope for a good outcome under God’s control.