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James 1:5-8 tells us:
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.
Living a full life has a lot to do with living a confident life. When you are confident, everything feels filled with hope and promise. Even the darkest clouds have silver linings. It’s when you lose your confidence that molehills turn into mountains and the smallest setbacks seem insurmountable.
Living a confident life is an essential part of living a full life. But to live a confident life, you need to ask yourself what it is you place that confidence in.
You can place your confidence in your ability or in others opinions of you. You can place your confidence in your money supply or in your relationships.
But whatever you place your confidence in is what you give your loyalty to. If my confidence is in money, my loyalty will be to preserving it. If my confidence is in someone’s opinion of me, my loyalty will be to preserving that. If my confidence is in my ability, my loyalty will be to my opinion and I’ll disregard any correction or dissent.
This is why it is imperative that our confidence (or faith) is in God and His call alone. Because faith in anything else means a divided loyalty – a loyalty to God and that other thing. And divided loyalty always creates instability.
We choose where we place our confidence. It’s only by placing our confidence in who God is that we can live stable and confident lives – because unlike money or people, God will never fail.
In what circumstance do you need to place your confidence in God this week?
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Alex & Sarah