How Can I Have a Confident Faith?
How can I know if God really loves me? Can I really trust Him?
You may have been a Christian for a long time or just recently started following the Lord. But no matter where you are in your walk with Christ right now, you can trust in God’s character and in His promises.
Today, I want to share with you what I call the “ABCs of God’s Love.” A is for Assurance, B is for Benevolence, and C is for Confidence. Let’s take a look at each one.
A — Assurance
First Thessalonians 1:5 says, “For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake.”
When I was first considering the claims of the Gospel, I had so many questions and was literally agonizing over whether I should become a Christian. Through God’s providence, I ended up in a little street mission filled with alcoholics, homeless people, and drug addicts. On that day, I found answers from the Scriptures for every question I was asking. I sobbed and sobbed sitting in that mission, as I realized that it was all true. God’s Word gave me assurance, and it was beautiful.
You see, when the Gospel comes, it comes in power, and the Holy Spirit brings assurance. If you’re asking questions today, open your heart to the God of assurance and find answers in His Word.
B — Benevolence
As a teenager I worked at a company that made neon traffic signs. I worked with a screwdriver in an assembly line. Eight hours a day I was screwing things in as we built those signs. The owner was a cruel taskmaster, and we were not allowed to sit down the whole day. If you were caught sitting, he would fire you on the spot.
Some people think God is like this, too. They think He’s the mean guy waiting for you to make a mistake so He can judge and condemn you.
But the Bible shows us a totally different kind of God. The Psalmist says in Psalm 86:15, “But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.”
God is not hovering over you, ready to strike you down at the least error. He is benevolent. He is kind. He’s gracious. He’s longsuffering. He’s awesome and you can trust Him!
C — Confidence
If there’s one thing the Bible makes clear about God, it’s that He does not change. This consistency of character means we can have complete confidence in His promises.
In Hebrews 6, the Scripture speaks of Jesus as being a forerunner. In its original context, the word forerunner was used when a ship would come into port. If the tide was too low or the weather too dangerous, they would send a forerunner in. This person would have an anchor in a smaller boat, and he would drop the anchor into the safe harbor so the ship could be towed to safety when conditions improved.
Jesus is the forerunner who has gone into heaven ahead of us. And although life might bring its fair share of storms and trouble, you and I are securely connected to Him. It won’t be long until we’re pulled to safety. We can have complete confidence because Jesus has already gone before us.
Friend, sometimes we all need a reminder of the basics so we can feel more confident in our faith. So don’t forget your ABCs! God loves you deeply and will never let you go, so trust Him with all you’ve got.