I’m going to alternate between new testament and old testament verses related to #HolyConfidence. I’m going to do this because I think it is important to know and understand that confidence isn’t something that was talked about only after the resurrection, it was present long before as well.
Yesterday we were in Hebrews, so today we are going to explore confidence in the book of 2 Chronicles. Let me set the stage for what is going on:
King Hezekiah was appointing military leaders in the middle of the city as they were preparing to be invaded by the king of Assyria, Sennacherib and his army. In his message to the men he was sending out, king Hezekiah told them:
He appointed military officers over the people and assembled them before him in the square at the city gate and encouraged them with these words: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said. 2 Chronicles 32:6-8
He is acknowledging that they are nervous to go to battle with Sennacherib and his men because their army is large (and intimidating!). But he assures and encourages his men by telling him what they have that the opposing army doesn’t (the “secret sauce” if you will)
but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles
The Lord to help them and fight their battles.
In other words, the battle isn’t theirs, it is the Lords. This seems to ease their minds as we are told:
And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said
I think this same reminder can also help us to gain confidence in the battles we face.
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31.
The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14
You are prepared, equipped, appointed and anointed for any battle you face.
Scripture tells us that every battle we face can be won through Christ. This is the confidence that we need to continue to move forward. After Hezekiah’s men are moved with this confidence they are able to go into battle knowing, trusting and believing that the Lord is on their side.
Ultimately here is what happened:
So the Lord saved Hezekiah and the people of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib king of Assyria and from the hand of all others. He took care of them on every side. Many brought offerings to Jerusalem for the Lord and valuable gifts for Hezekiah king of Judah. From then on he was highly regarded by all the nations. 2 Chronicles 32:22-23
I almost didn’t include the last verse (verse 23) but I think it’s important to note that the confidence king Hezekiah lead with by example, is the same confidence that God used to lift him up.
Holy Confidence is knowing that God will take care of you and keep His promises.
I think there is an importance clarification to make here, while our holy confidence is about acting; it can also be about waiting.
Do you have the confidence to act when God is calling you to act?
Do you have the confidence to wait when God is calling you to wait?
I think I have shared with you that my family is the beginning stages of preparing to make a move. A BIG move.
My husband will be separating from the military next year. This brings about a whole new transition period as he learns how to navigate job opportunities outside of the military.
For the past several years the decisions have been made for us, and now we are having to completely rely of the Lord for His timing and wisdom.
We want to jump on an opportunity if that is where He is calling us, but we also don’t want pursue an opportunity just out of fear that will be nothing else.
Holy Confidence allows us to take the steps needed out of obedience and free from fear, but also gives us the power of quiet restraint.
This is what the story in 2 Chronicles shows us, that no matter how scary and intimating what we face looks like, we can be confident that God is with us and we have victory in Him.
And perhaps even more important we share that confidence we have with others.
Friends, rest in the peace of knowing that God is with you, He is for you, and He loves you.
Additional Verses For Study:
1 Samuel 17