“What confidence is this in which you trust? You speak of having plans and power for war; but they are mere words. And in whom do you trust?” -2 Kings 18:20
In this passage, the king of Assyria is taunting Hezekiah, the king of Judah, about his faith in the Lord. But as I read this chapter, the question echoed in my mind too:
What confidence in this in which you trust?
I wanted to say God. But the more I read, the more I doubted whether my words would stand up to scrutiny. Like the people of Judah: their words were that they trusted in God, yet their actions didn’t match up as they visited their high places and worshipped their own idols (verse 22).
So, I began to search my own heart. When people look at my life, who do they see my confidence is in? Does that match up with my words? When I say God helps me in my studies, yet stress out about the fact that I can’t figure out a certain subject or conquer a certain obstacle? When I say God will send me a Godly husband, and then attempt to use my feminine wiles to get a guy’s attention on my own? As shameful as it is to admit this, sometimes my actions do not back up my words that my trust and confidence are rooted in Christ.
That’s why my constant prayer – and life’s anthem – echoes the words of King Hezekiah in 19:9:
“Now therefore, O Lord my God, I pray [do this through me], that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the Lord God, You alone.”
Because when He acts in my life, it’s obvious. And the glory goes to Him. Then, not even words are necessary, because it is clear to all that my God is truly my rock, my confidence, my trust, my everything.
So, what confidence is this in which YOU trust?
PS. // If you’re struggling with the answer to this question, check out this article by one of our writers on four places where confidences comes from.