Absolutely Sure

confidence

Occasionally, people in power come to the conclusion that doubt is a problem. They conflate confidence with certainty. Along the way, things worked out for them. They had a willingness to leap, some lucky breaks and a lot of hard work. So they seduce themselves with the black and white dichotomy of certainty. Because, after all, they were certain and look what happened. It all worked out . . . 

Certainty is a form of hiding. It is a way of drowning out our fear, but it's also a surefire way to fail to see what's really happening around us. If you're certain, you're probably not prepared for the unexpected, and sooner or later, you're going to be badly surprised. 

People without doubt aren't looking hard enough.

- Seth Godin -


Confidence in the wrong thing can lead to some awful results. But well-placed confidence is a wellspring of strength and power. In Philippians 3:3 Paul wrote, . . . we "put no confidence in the flesh". Seth Godin is right that misplaced confidence can blind us to the reality of things around us. But we are those who "worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus" In Galatians 5:10 he wrote that we, "have confidence in the Lord . . .". In the Spirit of God we can be bold, confident and unwavering in our faith. But I hope you (and I) will never stop questioning ourselves, never stop examining ourselves and speaking in earnest with God, listening for His voice, checking in and learning from Him. 

Let's make sure that our confidence is not misplaced . . . not resting on ourselves but on Jesus Christ our Lord.