That’s What It’s All About

08/31/2006

“I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.”
Psalm 16:8 (NLT)

Remember that fun dance/song we did as kids, and even later as adults? It was the Hokey Pokey, where you “Put your right foot in, you put your right foot out, etc…You do the Hokey Pokey and you turn yourself around…That’s what it’s all about.” I saw a T-shirt years ago--it said, “What if the Hokey Pokey is what it’s all about?” Thankfully, it’s not!

Confidence – That’s What It’s All about! But, can we really have a confident assurance about anything in this life? It seems we are on shaky ground so much of the time…never knowing what might come next. We can all have a confidence in our Lord! No matter how bleak it looks. God is bigger than the greatest hurt, the deepest pain, the ugliest disease, the worst relationship; the hardest set of circumstances…because “the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4 (NIV) We can have confidence in that Truth from God’s Word!! Knowing that Truth can make all the difference in life. With it we will be able to face the simplest questions and the toughest circumstances.

Confidence is also found through trial and error, through one life experience after another, through stepping out in faith when it seems there is nothing there to support us, and finding that God is always there to help us through whatever it is we must face. The result of that is a thankful heart, and a well-worn path behind us that helps us move into the future confidently, where there may be no path at all.

“I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.” This takes time to learn, to grow accustomed to—knowing that God is protecting us and guiding us and helping us through the most difficult of times—understanding the difference with God’s view--seeing things through His eternal perspective--compared to seeing things through our earthly perspective. The two are vastly different.

Confidence is a step-by-step process of learning Who God is, what He can do, where He wants our hearts and our minds, and what the outcome of that will be if we will only start to learn to trust Him in all things--to have a confidence in our Lord’s promises even when it seems all of life is falling apart around us. The question really becomes, will we let God’s Truth consume us? Will we let that confidence fill our heart? Will we take a stand on that Solid Rock, or will we continue to doubt? It is a choice--and one that God will leave with us.

Each day we must refocus on Who the Lord is, spending time with Him, getting to know Him and falling deeper in love with Him. We must open our eyes and watch what He is doing throughout each day, from the most seemingly insignificant things, to the greatest. God’s love for us is immediate and perfect--our love and confidence in Him takes time and consequences, lessons learned and discipline accepted, blessings received, watchful hearts and eyes being opened to all that He is doing. Most importantly, it takes time in God’s Word and in prayer--resulting in confidence. That’s what it’s all about!