“ This is our memory verse this week at Proverbs31.Org as we study the book A Confident Heart by Renee Swope. We were to unpack that verse or verse map it as some people say, and today I heard another new term from another member who called it “verse explosion”. Love that! So let’s explode this verse.
What a beautiful promise that God gave us in Isaiah 49:23b. He is saying if we put our HOPE in Him, we will not be DISAPPOINTED. No matter what is happening in our lives today God is working it for the good.
Sometimes my hope is in the wrong place. How about you? Frustrations, aggravations, worrying are all things that get us down, and when they do our hope is not in Him, but rather we are listening to those whispers of doubt- whispers of doubt that tell us we are not good enough, take away our confidence, and tell us things will never be any better than they are today.
In Chapter 1 this week titled “Discovering the Shadow of My Doubts”, the very first paragraph was Heb 10:35-36 which reads “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”
Our confidence will be richly rewarded. As I read that I wondered what happens when I do not have confidence? Does that mean I will not be richly rewarded? So what am I doing with my confidence? Why do I lose it? God has given me so many promises to build up my confidence, but do I memorize them so I can pull them out like tools when that confidence starts to dwindle? What would it be like if I were always able to hold on to the confidence that God’s Word provides me. What would happen if I instead turned to the Light and started quoting promises from my heart?
“So do not throw away your confidence…” Think about that before you go any further. What are you doing with your confidence that God has given you? His Word is full of promises to build us up in Him. It’s more confidence than we could ever need, yet for various reasons we throw it away. Have you ever wondered what you would be like if you were confident – if you held on to the confidence God’s Word gives us?
I can trust and I can believe in hope. As Hebrews 10:35 says “do not throw away your confidence”. Proverbs 3:26 says “for the Lord will be your confidence” and Psalm 71:5 says “For you have been my hope. O Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth.” What an aha moment for me. If the Lord is my confidence, and yet I don’t have confidence, have I given Him up? I can be strong and courageous because the Lord my God is with me. He will never leave me nor forsake me (Deut. 31:6).
Heb 10:35 also said my confidence “will be richly rewarded.” So if I do not have confidence, am I richly rewarded?
If you look up doubt, which we have been studying this week, the opposite of it or an antonym is hope. We can not have doubt and hope at the same time if they are opposites.
So how do we gain that confidence – that hope? It is by living in God’s promises, believing them, learning them, quoting them. We have to live His Word no matter what is going on in our lives. Our feelings or Satan may tell us different, but we need to remember to dwell on the knowledge of whose we are. We need to let His word penetrate us so that we can be armed when those feelings of doubt begin to creep in. Memorize, memorize, memorize so we can remember those promises when the going gets tough. Memorize so you have a life-line to go to when those doubts creep in distorting what we know to be true. I want to hold on to the thoughts Renee shared with us this week, “When we pray God’s words out loud and hear them, the Holy Spirit engraves them on our hearts and writes them in our thoughts. We internalize God’s truth as our faith grows and we are transformed from the inside out.”