What is your confidence? Do you know?
Who is your confidence? In who do you put your confidence?
We talk about things, meanings, ideas but sometimes we talk about different things as we understand the meanings, the words, the idioms in a unlike way.
So, in order to make sure what we are talking about, let’s travel among the pages of dictionaries and discover the definition of the noun Confidence.
Confidence has quite few meanings and is used in rather a range of ways. The first meaning we find is:
(1) Full Trust; belief in the powers, trustworthiness, or reliability of a person or thing: We have every confidence in their ability to succeed; (note this one; we will discuss it bit further.)
(2) Certitude; assurance:
(3) In confidence, as a secret or private matter, not to be divulged or communicated to others; with belief in a person’s sense of discretion: I told him in confidence.
OK! We know and agree about some of Confidence’s definitions and uses. Let’s move on.
Yes, confidence is about certitude and assurance. Life is a long journey, not always pleasant. Life is a long process and full of challenges, unfortunately, at times, we face tragedies. We, all humans, need assurance. By nature and by personality, we can feel lost, we can feel alone, abandoned, confused, vulnerable, flying astray.
Do you know what I mean? I am sure that you do. There is no person, no individual who has not felt some – if not all – of the above feelings. We do not need to be proud. We need to be honest, at least with ourselves.
What takes to feel assured or certain?
It takes someone or something that we can trust, isn’t it?
Success – as the world defines it – or money, house, food, career, health…and so on, could provide assurance in our life. The wonder is whether they are reliable sources of assurance. Can we say that those things will exist forever? We can’t. Success, career, money etc are refuge at risk. They appear and they disappear. One day, they exist, the next they have gone.
True assurance comes from inside us; when we know who we are, when we know our value and capability. The question to be asked is: who am I? Each of us need to answer this question.
Yes, it takes someone to trust. That’s where the chain of meanings merges: the primary meaning of confidence is Full Trust!
What do you trust? Who do you trust? I cannot give you the answer, but what I know, I give you; what the Lord speaks, I recall:
“But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
Wow! Wonderful, eh? “Like a tree planted by the water”…imagine the picture! We can see that the scripture speaks about confidence and trust. They go together, they mean the same. Where there is confidence there is no fear because we have the assurance. With confidence, fruits come. With confidence, results appear. That’s how important is where we put our confidence, into whom.
Speaking about trust, we need to highlight that trust is connected with faith. How can we say that we believe God when we cannot trust Him? That’s why it’s written that when we believe, we do not doubt. All is connected, they link to each other!
The remarkable thing is that digging in the etymology of the word Confidence, we discover that the word origins from the combination of Con+fidere. Fidere is the root from where the word trust comes, as well as faith!
Confidence is by etymology connected to faith, much more by theology!
So, let’s make our formula: trust+faith+confidence = assurance, security, self-esteem, self-awareness = results, fruits.
One more point:
“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”
There are those moments that we doubt, the moments when we are low, our self-esteem is low, our moods are low and we lose our confidence of who we are in Christ and who Christ is. Yes, it happens and happens often. He knows and understands because He was tempted as we have been; He was tested as you are.
Yes! It takes time, it takes perseverance, it takes patience but mostly it takes constant faith and firmness. Many of us have already done big part of the journey; are we going to give up now? Do we think that the Lord is a liar? Are we sure that we have heard from God? Thus, let’s wait and wait upon the Lord, full in confidence. Don’t throw away your confidence, you are too close now! Don’t throw away your assurance. Don’t throw away your trust. He trusted you with His blood, trust Him back!
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