There is a confidence that those who serve the Lord God walk in, it is unswerving, it cannot be hindered. Though it may falter at times, it cannot be stopped by anything that the world throws at it. “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.” (Job 19:25)
There are no doubts.
This confidence comes from the Holy Spirit, from the truths that He places in our hearts as we study and contemplate the Word of God and the central character of the entire Book, Jesus Christ. It is not just an emotional state, though that is part of it, it is more than intellectual truth, it is shown in ways that those who do not know Him as Lord and Savior cannot comprehend, it is the peace that passeth all understanding. (Phil. 4:7)
This confidence allows us to walk in the world with the truth, no matter the circumstances of the world, it gives us the knowledge that not only will everything “work out in the end,” but that everything today, no matter the dire straits, is happening because the Lord is allowing it to happen. It shows us the truth of Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” It gives us reason to sing songs of praise in the worst of situations, it sets our hearts at ease. “There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.” (Psalm 91:10)
Our circumstances are brought upon us for His glory, the world crashing down upon us brings us no fear, for the Sovereign Lord of all creation is our High Tower, (Psalm 18:2) our Rock, (Psalm 71:3) and in Him all our confidence rests. Will there be moments, doubts of His concern and love for us? Of course, all of us who have been saved by His grace know these moments, but we do not stay in them, the assurance of our salvation does not rest in us, but in Christ, our High Priest, who always is at the right hand of the Father interceding for us. (Romans 8:34)
We are protected.
Those who desire to not only experience this confidence, but live in it continually, must trust and believe all the promises of the Word of God, must believe without a shadow of a doubt that Jesus Christ is risen, that the world will one day be ruled by His rod of righteousness, (Rev. 2:27) and that we will one day know an eternal peace and joy beyond all comprehension. Faith, trust, confidence, they are all the same word, they leave all fears behind, they do not fall to the deceits of Satan, nor to the temptations that he offers through this world.
This is not a “happy go lucky” attitude that skips through this fallen world, letting those things that are dishonoring and displeasing to the Lord simply pass by and not affect us, this confidence brings with it a hatred of evil, one that is expressed toward it, one that does what it can for the glory of God to bring the light into that darkness, and not just as a euphemism, not just behind the so-called security of the church walls, but to its face, and always for the same reason, that those who are committing these grievous sins would see the light of the love of Christ and repent.
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” (John 15:5) But “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Phil. 4:13)
Faith is unquestioning trust, trust in the confidence in the power of the Almighty Lord God to do His will for His glory through us. “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” (Romans 8:37) Do not just come boldly to the throne of grace, (Heb. 4:16) walk in this world, every day, with the same boldness, that same confidence, always for the glory of God.