What is confidence? The dictionary defines it as “trust, reliance, belief.”
Have you ever struggled with having confidence? Recently, my self-confidence has taken a hit, so I decided to see what the Bible says about confidence. I found some encouraging words.
Paul, of course, said, “For it is we… who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh” (Philippians 3:3 NIV). Our confidence should not be only in ourselves, but should be placed first in God.
Here are some Scriptures about confidence in God. They’re so good, I’m committing many of them to memory.
For you have been my hope, O Sovereign LORD, my confidence since my youth.
Psalm 71:5 NIV
For the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared.
Proverbs 3:26 NIV
The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.
Isaiah 32:17 NIV
Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.
Jeremiah 17:7 NIV
Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God.
2 Corinthians 3:4 NIV
In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
Ephesians 3:12 NIV
We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.
Hebrews 3:14 NIV
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Hebrews 4:16 NIV
So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
Hebrews 10:35 NIV
So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”
Hebrews 13:6 NIV
Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God.
1 John 3:21 NIV
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
1 John 5:14 NIV
God bless you with confidence this coming year!
3 thoughts on “Finding Godly Confidence”
Hi Lee! You have so much access to scripture. Is there anything in scripture that would indicate that Jesus wasn’t always confident?
Hi, Pat. In my many readings of the whole Bible and especially the New Testament, I have found no instances where Jesus lacked confidence. He spent time in prayer and was always in communication with the Father/Creator.
– “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father” (John 1:18);
– “I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence” (John 8:38);
– “Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” (John 5:19).
– “Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.” (John 14:10).
There is one instance where Jesus’ confidence was shaken, and that was in the garden of Gethsemane, when he prayed about the Father’s will in undergoing betrayal and crucifixion. But Jesus knew what the Father wanted, although he struggled, and accepted betrayal, crucifixion, and death. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+26%3A36-46&version=NIV