Look at the verse again. Paul wrote, “Being confident of this very thing, that He…” Are you confident in God? Let’s start there. Do you believe in the God of the Bible and in His Son, Jesus Christ? Have you entrusted your life to Him? Are you convinced that He is, and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him?
As a born again believer, are you confident that God is at work in your life? Do you know that the Holy Spirit was sent to live within you for that purpose? Do you believe that God is at work even in those times when it seems like nothing is happening? Are you confident of that?
Are you certain that He is doing a good work in you? Do you know that God loves you with an everlasting love, and that He will take the bad things that happen and make them work together for good? It’s obvious that Paul was convinced of that when you remember he wrote Philippians 1:6 from prison.
Are you confident that God is faithful and able to finish what He started in you? God will not fail, and He isn’t going to walk off the job. And do you have the confidence John talked about in his first epistle? That when we see Christ, the work will be complete for “we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is”? What a day that will be!
Unbelievers place their confidence in all the wrong places. They trust in things like money (Job 31:24), government (Psalm 118:8), people (Psalm 118:9), or even in themselves (Jeremiah 17:9). Of course, those are all dead-end streets. The Christian is different. Our confidence is in the Lord, and in Him alone (Proverbs 3:26).
The world needs to see more confident Christians! No wavering allowed. Learn to say with Paul, “Being confident of this very thing…” Hold your confidence firm to the end (Hebrews 3:14). Cast it not away (Hebrews 10:35) for it will be rewarded.
Pastor Todd Weston