Part 2- Strengthening Your Confidence in God
Don’t you just hate it when you have a problem and people say, “Just trust God”?
First of all, you already know that you should trust God, but for some strange reason you still have fears and doubts. Then, you feel guilty for not having more faith.
Don’t worry. Experiencing doubt and fear is part of the process. You will go through it at various times in your life as a Christian and you will overcome it. Surprisingly, going through seasons of uncertainty is exactly what builds our faith and our confidence in God.
One of the great heroes of the Bible was David–a warrior, worshiper, and king who was known for his faith and confidence in God. David’s bold trust in God empowered Him to go from unknown shepherd boy to world-renowned king. What was David’s secret? He knew how partner with God to do the impossible.
Look at these eight keys David used, and you can use too, to strengthen your confidence in God.
Key 1: There must be something TOO big for you to handle on your own or something totally beyond your control. (This part is a piece of cake; most of us are already there.)
For David, one of his challenges was to defeat Goliath, a giant warrior (over 9 feet tall) who terrified the armies of Israel. David was just a young boy with no experience as a soldier. So fighting Goliath was a stretch of the imagination, but David volunteered to do it on behalf of the Lord of Israel. (Read 1 Samuel 17 for the entire story)
Key 2: Even though you already know there is nothing you can do about “it,” please stop trying to handle “it” yourself anyway.
David recognized that his own strength and abilities would not accomplish the task. He knew he had to depend on God.
Key 3: Spend more time just enjoying the presence of God and appreciating Him for who He is.
David was known for spending time with God in prayer and worship. (David wrote the book of Psalms. Worship and prayer was often his response to trouble. (Read Psalms 23 as an example of David’s faith in dark times.)
Key 4: Recognize on a daily basis that God wants the best for you and is ready to assist you.
David never doubted that God would help him defeat Goliath. In 1 Samuel 17:37 David responds to King Saul who was afraid to let him fight . . . “The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”
Key 5: Discipline yourself to obey the instructions that God gives you. Often His leading is just a sense that you need to make changes in some areas or do a particular thing. Do whatever He says, even if it is uncomfortable or inconvenient.
David decided to fight Goliath with just a slingshot and a small smooth stone even though he was offered the sword and armor of King Saul. Why? Because that’s the weapon he used in previous times when he killed a bear and a lion and he had a sense of peace in using that method.
David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty . . .” (1 Samuel 17:45)
Key 6: Don’t allow fear and discouragement stop you from trying.
” . . . the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. He looked David over and saw that he was only a boy, ruddy and handsome, and he despised him. He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!” (1 Samuel 17: 41-44)
David did not let the taunts of Goliath scare him. He responded to Goliath in confidence based on his trust in God, “All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” (1 Samuel 17:47)
Key 7: Don’t turn back when trouble comes.
“As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground. So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.” (1 Samuel 17: 48-50)
Key 8: Celebrate and record how God moved on your behalf. Remember the “lions” and “bears” in your life that God has already helped you defeat. This is ammunition for future battles. When you recall God’s faithfulness, you will have more confidence in Him the next time you face a challenge.