A Holy Confidence
“Do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord, no matter what happens. Remember the great reward it brings you!”
Hebrews 10:35, NLT
Dale Bruner writes, “The best parable of trust we have in our home is our cat, Clement of Alexandria.” (He had a companion cat, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, but a local coyote ate the archbishop recently.) “When our cat goes outside, he lives in terror. He looks around as though it is a jungle, and he is terrified. But when he comes in the house, he lies on the floor right between the kitchen and the dining room – where we walk most frequently – and falls asleep in total trust.”
Our cat lives in complete, and total confidence in his human companions. Every time I see Clement just lying there, I say to myself, “That is what Jesus wants me to do- just trust him.’” The kind of trust the cat shows is the kind of trust the Lord Jesus Christ invites from us.
We can pray with confidence. We can confidently trust God’s Word. We can have confidence in God’s ability to authentically change our lives.
As Paul, the apostle, wrote in Philippians 1:6: “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Has God at least begun a good work in your life? Can we dust and find His fingerprint? Has he left evidence even if it is microscopic? Do you now feel badly about something you did in the past without an ounce of regret? Are you more conscious of your motives? Have you grown to consider others more than you had done previously? God is at work. And the good news is that He has a tremendous track record of completing what He starts. Be confident today, not in yourself, but in the Almighty.
QUESTION: If you had complete confidence that God heard your prayers, what would you pray for?