To walk in true confidence, we must realize its source. If we place our full confidence in our human abilities, we will be sorely let down time and again. No matter how accomplished we are, no matter how much intelligence we have acquired, no matter how talented we may be, God alone is our deliverer, and He must be the one upon whom we rely.
Though David was being run ragged through the mountains, fleeing a mad king, he never lost confidence that God was going to deliver him. However, David ventured into new situations with extreme caution, consulting the Lord before acting. "[David] inquired of the Lord, saying, 'Shall I go and attack these Philistines?'" (1 Samuel 23:2).
To walk in true confidence, we must realize its source.
True champions do not lose their confidence because they know they are not the ultimate source of victory. They understand that their victory rests in a loving, sovereign Father, who has hopes and dreams for their lives far beyond what they could ever imagine.
David knew that while he was fleeing King Saul, he was under the protection of God's wing. During our journey with Christ, we can probably mark with ease the days, months, and years when we were seeking direction from Him. And with the same ease, we can tell when we were not.
When we inquire of the Lord, asking Him to prepare the way for us to walk in His calling, He is faithful to do so. When prayer becomes a discipline in our lives, we will never lose confidence, and we will walk boldly with God into whatever journey He has called us to.
Prayer: Lord, instill in me the discipline to seek Your direction at every decision-making point in my life. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence" (Ephesians 3:12).