Footsteps in Faith: Confidence brings strength

| January 24, 2014 | 0 Comments


Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Don Eubank
Deputy Garrison Chaplain
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii

We live in a world filled with beauty and wonder, adventure and laughter … but also, too often filled with difficulty, fear, danger and pain.

Courage is the quality of spirit that enables one to face danger, pain, difficulty or fear with confidence.

We can have confidence — not based only on our own ability to manage life, but based on the faithfulness of God.

Confidence is from the Latin words con and fide, which mean “with faith.” The best source of confidence rests in the strength and goodness of God.

Living a life of courage is not about striving to become something or someone else. It is resting by faith in the God who says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-8).

The secret is that you and I can’t do everything. We can’t. But God can.

God in you can. He is the secret.

There is nothing that makes God tremble. Today is a great day to trust God and his Word for the good things he has promised.

What would that look like? What would trusting God feel like? I imagine a peace that passes understanding.

It’s the ability to go to God in prayer, and not let fear take over my thought processes. This trust is the confidence available to us as we put our life in the hands of a power greater than self.

Who do you trust? In whom or what is your confidence? If you have trouble accepting help from others and insist on handling things alone, chances are you will resist the idea of help from God or a higher power in your life.

One of the best decisions I’ve made in my life is to surround myself in a weekly small group with trusted spiritual friends who have experience and wisdom. When life gets tough, our friends are like anchors for ships at sea!

And God is the best friend of all.

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