Confidence is a great thing. It can help you push through difficulty or uncertainty if it is placed wisely. Misplaced confidence or overconfidence, however, can lead to disaster. Confidence helped put the first man on the moon while overconfidence helped put the Titanic on the bottom of the ocean. Finding the right balance is delicate, but possible if you draw your confidence from the right source.
Paul was a man who tried it both ways. He had misplaced confidence in himself, and overconfidence in what he had accomplished, but that was in the past for him by the time he penned the words in Philippians 3:1-11. Take a quick look at what he wrote.
It is much easier to put our confidence in the things that we can see and touch than it is to trust in God. We more easily put our trust in bank accounts, jobs, and other things that we think we can control only to find out that they will fail us, or get puffed up with pride because we think that we are in control. Paul learned that degrees, social status, and self-righteousness are worthless in comparison to what Christ is and what He has called us to. In the end Paul considered all of that stuff to be garbage in contrast to the greatness of His Lord’s plan for him.
What about you? Where is your confidence? I pray that if your confidence is in the wrong place you will make the necessary change. The truth is that our sense of control is an illusion and that any physical thing on which we put our confidence is prone to fail us, but He never will. His plan for your life exceeds anything this world can offer. Commit wholeheartedly to it and you will never regret it.
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