Confident Following Jesus
Massive, unspeakable tragedy entered the doors of the emergency department daily. Instead of fear, uncertainty or trepidation I could, as the emergency physician on duty, confidently approach patients in need BECAUSE I was not alone. Medical professionals -- nurses, pharmacists, lab technicians, radiology techs and other specialty physicians stood behind me. My call for help brought welcome support. Before any patient entered the Emergency Department, promises had been made. Medical professionals, by way of policy, procedures, protocols and pledges, assured me of their prompt response.
In much the same way, we can approach life with great confidence because of the words of the Great Promiser,
"Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you". (Hebrews 13:5)
So instead of saying:
- "I am afraid" -- BECAUSE of God we can be confident. He has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self discipline. (II Timothy 1:7)
- "I can't go on" -- BECAUSE of God we can be confident. His grace is sufficient for us. (II Corinthians 12:9 and Psalm 91:15)
- "I can't figure things out" -- BECAUSE of God we can be confident. When we acknowledge him, he will direct our steps. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
- "I can't forgive myself" -- BECAUSE of God we can be confident. Because of Jesus, he will forgive our sins. (1 John 1:9 and Romans 8:1)
Confidence as a follower of Jesus is based not on our ability, talents or resources but rather on the reliability and trustworthiness of the One who stands with us.
"The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can man do to me"? (Hebrews 13:6)