There are a few things I do well. I like things neat and organized. I enjoy structure and I feel enormously productive when I can check things off of my “to-do” list. It’s when things seem chaotic that I often find myself lacking confidence.
I sometimes lack confidence in myself, in motherhood, in life, and even in my ability to come before God and speak to Him with the confidence necessary to lay everything before Him. The good, the bad, the insecurities, the blessings, the faults, the seemingly insignificant triumphs and just everything that goes with this earthly life.
While lacking confidence is definitely a human trait, if we are truly God’s, if we have heard and believed in His word, if we have owned our sinful nature and repented of it, if we have been born again as a new creation, and been named a follower of Christ, we have access to God. We can speak to Him anytime we’d like, as often as we’d like and we should possess the confidence to do so.
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16
So you see, because of Christ’s faith in God’s plan and His ultimate sacrifice, we not only have the amazing access to God through prayer that those under the old law did not, we are told we can and should speak to God when we need Him.
Furthermore, Ephesians 3:11-12 tells us that through Christ, “we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in Him.” Christians, we can be bold and ask God for what we need. We can ask Him for help, grace, mercy, love, even confidence and boldness. We can be bold enough to ask God to give us boldness. How cool is that?
Of course we must always remember who God is. The founder of life, the father of creation, the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end, the very one who has loved us enough to give us a plan for redemption from sin and death. We must always, always speak to Him with reverence and the utmost respect.
So now being reminded that you possess the ability to go before God with humility and ask Him for what you need without feeling insignificant, please also remember that God is “able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think.”
Christian, lay aside your weight and sin which attempts to cling so closely to all of us, continue to run the race of endurance set before us, look to Jesus, have confidence and joy in your salvation. Try not to see yourself as a failure, but rather as someone who picks themselves up when things go wrong and continues to try again. Every time.
Have confidence, Christian. We serve an amazing God and He truly cares for us.