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Life happens to all of us, and we often take bad circumstances as a sign that God has abandoned us.  However, the measure with which we are able to understand the things of God determines how accurately we will perceive what is happening in our lives. When there’s opposition in our circumstances, it doesn’t mean that Jesus isn’t there.

The problem isn’t just that we can wrongly perceive what God is doing, but we can actually miss out on what He wants to do in us, through us and for us. Hebrews 10:35 says, “Therefore, do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.” Therefore, even in the midst of our storms, we must have confidence in God: meaning that we trust Him by faith, not by what we see around us.  

Peter walked on the water, and as long as his eyes were focused on Jesus, he didn’t sink. Often, we can start in faith, but when the winds become too strong, and we look at our own abilities, we begin to doubt. Yet, this confidence that the writer of Hebrews talks about is not the same as self-confidence. Accurate confidence in God gives us the courage to be humble. 

When we’re faced with tribulations, and it feels as if our faith is faltering, we must remember what Jesus has already done for us (on the cross and in our past experiences). His Word says, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5); this should be our confidence. 

This blog comes from the sermon titled “Confidence” by David Grobler