Yes, she chose every item of her outfit.

This is my sweet, silly, second born daughter.
She sings at the top of her lungs, love the feeling of the wind in her hair, and longs for the day when she can put on makeup with mommy.
When I look at her and see her confidence, I wonder, is this really my daughter. Confident is not a word I would ever consider in describing myself.

My daughter’s confidence often exposes her heart and where that confidence comes from. Pride.
You see, she is so confident in herself that she is furious when she does not get her way. When Mommy tells her no. When her siblings aren’t playing the game she wants to play. When she doesn’t get to watch her favorite movie. When she can’t go play with her friends because one of her siblings are sick and we have to stay home.
“But I want it” is her new favorite phrase. Pride.
I want it. I deserve it. I cannot be happy with out it. Pride.
It’s all about me.

I struggle with pride too. I want my own way. I just don’t ooze with confidence like she does. I tend to go the “poor me” route. The result and the heart is still the same. It’s all about me. Pride.

So what is confidence? Is it really pride in disguise? Or is it something else?

The bible uses the word confidence in both positive and negative ways. The psalms speak negatively of those who put their confidence in their own ability, strength, or military power. Paul speaks of the confidence he could have in the flesh, but that his true confidence is in Christ (Philippians 3).
When I think a biblical definition of confidence, I think of Hebrews, really the whole book, but chapter 13 has a great summary of the concept conveyed in the rest of the book.

“…be¬†content¬†with¬†what¬†you¬†have,¬†for¬†he¬†has¬†said, ‚ÄúI¬†will¬†never¬†leave¬†you¬†nor¬†forsake¬†you.‚Ä̬†So¬†we¬†can¬†confidently¬†say, ‚ÄúThe¬†Lord¬†is¬†my¬†helper; I¬†will¬†not¬†fear; what¬†can¬†man¬†do¬†to¬†me?” “
(Hebrews 13:5b-6)

So the key to confidence is this:
Where is the root? What are we confident in?

Confidence in anything other than Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection is pride. We must look to Jesus Christ alone. It’s an all or nothing deal. Christ is either our all or we really don’t trust in him at all. But we can trust him with everything!

The powerful creator of the world, lived the perfect life for us, died our rightful death for us, resurrected assuring life eternal for us, and is with us moment by moment giving us grace to live and bring him glory.

This is where I want my little girl, and me, to find confidence, because Jesus will never give up on us, never fail us, and is always with us.
We will fail. We will mess us. We will be inconsistent. We will lose. We just simply can’t.
When we put our confidence, faith, hope, and trust in an unchanging, good savior we have something that nothing else on this earth can give us (even ourselves!).
Peace.

Peace because he knows.
Peace because he hears.
Peace because he sees.
Peace because he understands.
Peace because he is able.
Peace because he is willing.
Peace because he is good.
Peace because he came.
Peace because he conquered.
Peace because he lives.
Peace because he will complete what he began.
Peace because he is coming again.

This world, our own flesh, and the devil cannot give us peace.

“For¬†to¬†us¬†a¬†child¬†is¬†born, to¬†us a¬†son¬†is¬†given; and¬†the¬†government¬†shall¬†be¬†upon his¬†shoulder, and¬†his¬†name¬†shall¬†be¬†called Wonderful¬†Counselor,¬†Mighty¬†God, Everlasting¬†Father,¬†Prince¬†of¬†Peace. Of¬†the¬†increase¬†of¬†his¬†government¬†and¬†of¬†peace there¬†will¬†be¬†no¬†end, on¬†the¬†throne¬†of¬†David¬†and¬†over¬†his¬†kingdom, to¬†establish¬†it¬†and¬†to¬†uphold¬†it with¬†justice¬†and¬†with¬†righteousness from¬†this¬†time¬†forth¬†and¬†forevermore. The¬†zeal¬†of¬†the¬†LORD¬†of¬†hosts¬†will¬†do¬†this.”
(Isaiah 9:6-7)

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:3)

Soli Deo Gloria

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