Self-Confidence or Christ-Confidence?

“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses, but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.”

— Psalm 20:7

One of the best known stories of the Bible is that of David and Goliath. For days on end, the armies of the Israelites faced the armies of the Philistines. And daily Goliath taunted the Israelite army, which cringed before this giant of a man who was nine and a half feet tall. All of their courage and their PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) had fizzled out. Their self-confidence had reached its limit, and it ended up in despair.

Then along came this stripling named David, who went out to take on Goliath saying, “I come at you in the name of the Lord of Hosts.” There is such a thing as Godconfidence, or Christ-confidence, which is infinitely better than self-confidence, though that is better than no confidence at all. With “Christ-confidence,” we can do all things. Jesus said, “…if you have faith and do not doubt… if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done” (Matthew 21:21).

David had practice as a shepherd, slaying a lion and a bear that threatened the sheep. But his real trust was in the Lord, and that is why he prevailed. And so can we—if we trust in the Lord.

Lord Jesus, thank You that I can always trust in You. Make me into such a person as You can entrust with Your work. Help me to never put confidence in the flesh, but in You and Your power and strength…