Who Are These Guys?
Within a few months of Christ’s death and resurrection we find an interesting comment being made about the disciples, Peter and John.
Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.
These two men are, I believe, accurately described as “uneducated” and “untrained.” I’ve been thinking that in one way or another, this description could describe us all. No matter how smart, how educated, or how accomplished, all of us have an area where we just plain fall short. When we’re alone with our thoughts we know we don’t know it all, can’t do it all, and are lacking in some aspect of our lives.
Peter and John had to feel this way when standing before the highly trained spiritual leaders of Israel. Yet those same spiritual leaders comment on their “confidence.” What could they possibly be confident about? And where could they have found the confidence that Acts 4:13 says “amazed” these leaders? And, more importantly, how can we find that kind of confidence when representing Christ in an increasingly hostile, increasingly skeptical world?
I’m not talking about some false bravado that we call “self confidence.” Jeremiah 9:23 clearly says we are not to boast about what we know, what we can do, or what we have:
Thus says the Lord, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches”
Godly, spiritual confidence is not some self-generated, and often fragile, positive self esteem. It is a bold surety – an absolute assurance of who we are, what we can do, and where we’re going. The source of this kind of bold assurance can only be the Lord… not some will-power created, self-hypnotic, public façade.
Confident men and women are the sort who can face suffering, trials, and even the death-by-lion of the Roman arenas. Do we have that kind of confidence? If not, why not?
Phil 4:13 presents a confident approach to the life of a Christ-follower,
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Paul writes about it in 2 Corinthians 3:4.
Such confidence we have through Christ toward God.
If you’re struggling with a faith that, at times, seems shaky, I challenge you to look up, pray about, and meditate upon the following verses;
Do You Have A Confidence In Your Salvation?
1 John 5:11–13
And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.
1 John 2:28
Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming.
1 John 4:17
By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.
Do You Have A Confidence In Hard Times?
In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, And his children will have refuge.
Though a host encamp against me, My heart will not fear; Though war arise against me, In spite of this I shall be confident.
Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Do You Have A Confidence In Your Prayer Life?
1 John 5:14
This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
“Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil
I Want A John-John Kind Of Confidence
When John F. Kennedy was President, his son, John was just a toddler. One day the President was holding a very serious, top-level meeting with the Joint-Chiefs, the Secretary of State, and other key advisers. John-John, the President’s son burst into the oval office, ran up to the President of the United States, and without hesitation, jumped into his lap.
I want to have the confidence of faith that when I stand before the Lord for my final judgment, I will run up to the throne and jump into my Father’s waiting arms and say, “Dad! Because of what Your Son, Jesus has done for me, I’m home!” That’s my confidence! A confidence that is not found or built, but a firm, set, absolutely assured understanding of what’s been freely given through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
Think about it…