“Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.”
Confidence in the LORD…I’d like to ask, do you have it? Every day, every moment, does confidence in the LORD reside within you? When life is going smoothly I see how easy it is to be confident in the LORD because we’re not being tested by surprises that give us no time to react. It’s when those surprises happen that really show us how much we still have to grow or how far we have yet to travel in our journey of understanding and trusting God. Confidence in the LORD is not meant to be only during the “good times”, it’s meant in the moments when fear strikes hard; it’s meant when your heart beats rapidly and your mind cannot focus on clarity of thought; Confidence in the LORD sustains us during those times where we have no control over life or death.
As a young Christian, I would look to this passage and mistakenly think that a “Christian” doesn’t have to go through these things, only those who didn’t love God would go through tough times. But I soon learned that rain falls on the just and the unjust and the sun will shine on both as well (Matthew 5:45). So what is this passage saying to us?
I believe by what I find in God’s Word that He is telling us that when desolation does come; we can take confidence in God that because we are His children we will not be destroyed. Judgment will not consume us as it does the wicked; we have been pardoned – set free!
We may experience growth and discipline because of those things that bring us discomfort; but God will not allow those things to consume us. We may find ourselves apprehensive when we face trials; but we have hope that the LORD will be our protector and He will keep us safe. We can be of good comfort in all things as the LORD spoke to those who needed healing and forgiveness; we can have confidence in Him our faith is kept intact and our hope is secure (Psalms 23:3-5).
When you next face the trials that are sure to come; ask yourself, “Where is my confidence?” And remember His faithfulness in all things (Deuteronomy 7:8-9).
Prayer: Father, Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised); and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works. You are our comfort in all things, you are our guiding light, you are our security, you are our protector, and you are our Confidence. Thank you, LORD! In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Connie Renfro ©