“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
The Lord is my light and salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
–1 Jn 5:14
Ann Landers (1918–2002), a Chicago Sun-Times advice columnist wrote, “Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.” That’s why Romans 8:28 says that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love him, and for those who are called according to his purpose.
But how can we do these things? Lao Tzu (604 BC–531 BC), a Chinese philosopher stated, “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” So let us draw close with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy, and find grace in the time of our need (Heb 4:16).
Lilly Singh (b. 1988), a Canadian actress said, “Love who you are, embrace who you are. Love yourself. When you love yourself, people can kind of pick up on that: they can see confidence, they can see self-esteem, and naturally, people gravitate towards you.”
Don’t Be Afraid
A first lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962) remarked, “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I live through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ John Paul II (1920–2005), former head of the Catholic Church agreed with Roosevelt, but added, “Have no fear of moving in the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
Believe in Something
Marie Curie (1867–1934), a Polish and naturalized-French physicist wrote, “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and this thing must be attained.” Proverbs 3:5-6 encourages us to trust in the Lord with all our heart. We mustn’t lean on our own understanding, acknowledge him, and he’ll make our paths straight. But Helen Keller (1880–1968), a political activist noted, “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”