Character Quality: Confidence

Character Quality: Confidence with free coloring page.

Character Quality: Confidence

Confidence – resolving to live in the light of God’s sovereignty and providence – is a character quality that is often misunderstood.

We often think of confidence as an arrogant or cocky attitude stemming from an established self-reliance and independence. Usually confidence is thought of as something a person has inside of themselves. They have confidence in their abilities, possessions, job, friendships, status, or talents. Our culture values self-confidence — a belief that we can do whatever we set our minds to do. From very young ages children are taught that all they need to do is dream and believe and if they work hard or believe hard enough their dreams will come true. They are told that they deserve it.

Confidence should be based on the idea that they are made in God’s image, for a specific purpose to bring glory to Him. The confidence God offers is superior to this world’s forgery. Biblical confidence is based on the knowledge that “in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” As Christians our confidence is founded on the fact that we were created by God for a specific purpose. “For we are created in Christ Jesus to do good works which He created in advance for us to do.” (Eph. 2:10)

Our confidence comes not from our dreams, but from His design, not from our plans, but from His purpose, not for our ego, but for His glory. We do not have to limit our dreams to what we can do on our own, but we can know that “He who began a good work in us will complete it.”  (Phil. 1:6)

Our confidence need not rise and fall with our successes and failures. Rather it can remain constant in a never-changing, never-failing, never-ending God. Because of God’s faithfulness in the past, we know that He will be faithful in the future.

We can be confident that the same God Who placed the stars in the heavens, Who provided Abraham a ram in his son’s stead, Who raised up Joseph to be second in command in Egypt, Who called Moses at the burning bush, Who mocked the Egyptian idols, will be faithful to me. That is our God — that very same God.

You can choose to live in light of His sovereignty and providence. You can face each day knowing He is in control no matter what happens, He’s got it.

Once Moses got past God’s call on him at the burning bush, once he stepped out to obey God and go to Pharaoh and demand that he let God’s people go, then Moses stepped out of doubt and into God’s plan by faith. Moses knew he couldn’t go to Pharaoh and ask for him to let the Israelites go.

What He came to learn was that God wanted to use him to do the impossible. God wanted to show off to Pharaoh, the Egyptians, to Moses, even to His own people. Moses chose to step out in faith, and as He did God moved. Through his obedience to God, Moses grew in his confidence, not in himself, but in God.

I want my kids to have confidence. Not the frail, failing, false confidence in the flesh or in their natural abilities, talents, or capabilities. I don’t want them to miss the great I AM.

I want them to know He can, will, and does. I want them to know that He is not limited, that He is Able, that they can count on Him. I want them to resolve to live in the light of His sovereignty and providence. Living in His light will grant them peace. It will grant them the ability to do whatever He asks them to do based on His call. Kids whose confidence in founded in Him will be daring, bold, and courageous. They will change the world!

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Character Quality: Confidence with free coloring page.

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Rachael Carman
I had it going on—or so I thought. After surviving sixty-three months of pregnancy, countless sleepless nights, and 35,000+ diapers, this one-time control freak encountered God’s grace. And I’m here to encourage you to do the same! I love encouraging and inspiring moms to grow deeper in their walk and relationship with our Heavenly Father.

I’ve been married to my beloved, Davis, since 1986; our life has been a roller-coaster ride, with God at the controls. We have seven kids and let me tell you our family loves to laugh! I enjoy playing in the dirt, eating dark chocolate, and walking on the beach. I’m an author and speaker and I am passionate about helping moms not only survive motherhood, but draw near to the Father and thrive in motherhood.

I’m so glad you’re here.
Posted on: April 10, 2014, by : Rachael Carman