The deadline is nearing, the bank account is draining, a child is wandering, a marriage is muddied, the final project is looming, hope is fluttering, and a voice in your mind says, “you’re on your own this time.” Nothing destroys confidence quite like the notion that the only thing separating your life from your greatest fear is you. Why? Because deep down—beneath a pile of tough fronts and costumed confidence – we know we’re far too thin and cracked to dam up a flood of discouragement.
Well, that was depressing. No wait, it’s not. This idea that we can’t do it alone actually promises comfort for the lonely and rest for the weary. God didn’t intend for us go at it alone. When we realize we can’t, we open up the floodgates to the One Who can. His power is made perfect in our weakness. We may be frail, but He’s strong. We may be cracked, but He fills us. He is our constant help in times of trouble. He is our comforter in the scariest low places, and He’s the one who says, “Hey! Lay down and take a rest next to this peaceful stream.” He is NOT, the one who says, “You’re on your own this time.” In fact, I’m confident because He’s the one who says, “I am with you always.”
Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,”
so that we confidently say,
“The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid.
What will man do to me?”
God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Try this: Think about facing the one thing that makes you feel most uneasy right now. Now, realize you don’t have the strength to face it alone and rely on God to be your confidence as you take the next step.