But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. Jeremiah 17:7 (NIV)
When we don’t feel good, God is good. When we don’t feel great, God is great. When we don’t feel wonderful, God is wonderful. He is always who He is in all HIs ways. That is our confidence, even when we don’t feel confident. Darryl Rodman, Heart Treasure
Darryl, my husband, learned this truth by simply walking with the Lord. I’ve learned the truth of this quote through my own steady walking with the Lord and Darryl. I’ve learned my confidence in Him grows when I trust His character. It doesn’t change. Never, ever does God’s character change. We can have confidence in His love, His faithfulness, His grace, His mercy and His words of truth. They never change.
When my husband and I were married, I trusted his character. I never once doubted that he would be faithful to me. In the two years I knew him before we married, I watched his character. I learned how committed he was to the Lord and His ways. It gave me confidence (or firm trust) to say “yes” to him and the Lord on our wedding day. In the thirty-eight years we were married, I never worried about him being unfaithful to me. I never worried that he would stop loving me (even though I would ask Him why he did!) His love, rooted in the love of God, helped me overcome my own insecurities. Knowing he was by my side helped me step out and do new things, that my own insecurities prevented me from attempting. His love gave me courage. Darryl’s belief in me caused me to grow as a teacher, writer and servant of the Lord.
This wonderful marriage partnership helped us both grow in our confidence in God and His ways. When he passed, I drew on my trust in God’s character to lead me, guide me and help me stabilize in my new life. It was hard learning to live without Darryl, but such a blessing to know that I did not have to live without the Lord. During the almost ten years Darryl has been gone, I have grown in my confidence in God’s love for me. I don’t have Darryl’s daily encouragement to rely on, but I have God’s. God’s love, grace and character are dependable, no matter what the circumstance. I would ask you like the Hebrew writer implores: Do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise. Hebrews 10: 35-36 (NKJV)
When we genuinely love others with the love of the Lord, we help them grow in their confidence in the Lord. It is a gift we can give each other. Confidence in the Lord is a learning process. For many, it takes time to learn that His ways are indeed higher than our ways. It takes time to watch His Word be fulfilled, no matter what the circumstance. Struggles happen. Suffering happens. That’s a given in our sin filled world. But I want to remind us all today that blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. Jeremiah 17:7 (NIV)
Father, I am so grateful we can trust You. We can put our firm trust in You and Your ways. I thank You for being patient with us, when we fall back on our own confidence. Keep teaching us how to lean on You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen