Text: Proverbs 3:21-26
The Lord shall be thy confidence. All of these verses deal with the contrast between confidence and fear. This confidence is the result of someone keeping sound wisdom and discretion. Confidence is a combination of two things, trust and hope.
Wisdom is one of those things that really has no value until it is put into practice. And part of the problem is that the practice of wisdom requires many times adverse circumstances. It’s like it can’t be said that, “I want to be wise, but I want to be wise from my recliner.” So the things that are going to be said of wisdom and discretion are said because the nature and practice of wisdom very often simply requires some trouble.
Confidence is a Sure Walk
- Walk safely
- ever walk into a disaster and have the thought that you may be a part of the solution here instead of surveying the catastrophe and writing it off?
- ever walk into a bad situation or find yourself in a tough place and instead of thinking how do I get out of this, think maybe the Lord wants to make me the example here of how to respond
- Walk with assurance
- There is plenty that will try to persuade you otherwise.
- making sure the next step is the right one because the Lord said take it, even when everything else is saying NO NO NO. The Lord is saying that’s exactly what I want you to do.
- Assurance that the next step isn’t dangerous. Sometimes the exercising of faith is a scary proposition and what I need to know from the Lord is that this step is safe though it looks dangerous.
- Psalm 37 a good cross reference to this Proverb
Confidence is Sweet Rest
- Sleep is something that is affected by your hope and your trust.
- Ever lost sleep because you were worried about something or someone?
- Sometimes we stay up anxiously concerned about something that we can’t do anything about.
- Do the things you can do and let the Lord handle the things that are beyond you.
Confidence is Safe Trust
- If there is anything you and I should have confidence in is the Lord Jesus Christ.
- The older we get the more cynical we get about people.
- Because we’ve seen people fail. We can take the vulture approach and circle the dead thing and say, See I told you. See I told you that guy was going to do that.
- We’ve failed ourselves.
- Not what, but who do you trust?
- Circumstances can shake your confidence in Jesus Christ
- Be not afraid of sudden fear…
- Perilous times in 2 Timothy 3:1.
- pagan had trusted in gods of wood, stone, silver, gold – things that had no eyes, ears, mouths, or power to do anything
- Lots of things in this life are designed to shake your confidence. Much of what is presented to you and me on a daily basis has fear as its hook.
- the economy is going to collapse
- Y2K, the grid is going to shut down
- Confident that God is working things to benefit you
- Be still and know that I am God
- Focus on the Lord brings confidence – Psalm 27:3-4
- Future hope is confident – 1 Corinthians 5:6-8
- Work of the Lord in you – Philippians 1:6