Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (NIV)

Listen: Confidence and Assurance

Listen: Confidence and Assurance

Don’t you just love meeting people with an air of quiet confidence, of understated assurance about them. Just being around them makes you feel better about yourself. What is it about those people?

I can point to half a dozen people like that in my life. Despite all they’ve been through – and some of them have been through a lot for a long time – nothing seems to shake them. Just thinking about them feeds my soul.

As I’ve asked them questions, as I’ve probed them for answers, one thing keeps coming back. Their faith. They often speak of their faith walk. Now that word – faith – can be an elusive concept. How do you define it? How do you grab a hold of it for yourself? 

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (NIV)

There it is: confidence and assurance. Confidence in what we hope for, assurance about what we don’t yet see. How can that be?

The answer is quite simply this: because when your hope is in Jesus, it’s not a wobbly hope, it’s not an uncertain hope, it’s not a hope that evaporates the moment the heat is on.

Hope in Jesus is a rock-solid, certain hope. All the things He says, all the promises in the Bible, can be relied upon. He is ever faithful. He is an everlasting Rock on which we can stand. 

The key to that quiet confidence and understated assurance is a close walk with Jesus – because the more you get to know Him, the more your faith in Him grows, the greater your confidence and assurance in Him will be. 

Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.