"Do not be afraid of sudden fear, nor the onslaught of the wicked when it comes. For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from getting caught." (Proverbs 3.25-26)
Last week, we spent time discussing “the world.” When we are affected by the world, it often shows itself in our loss of confidence. This passage reminds us that we can have confidence by trusting in the Lord. We
lose our confidence in many ways. Think of 3:5; we ‘lean on our own understanding.’ The times when I have struggled with fear or things falling apart, whether at church, in my family, or at work, have been when I have
leaned on my own understanding and assessment of the situation. Ami and I have sometimes spent hours talking through things with friends, processing and trying to understand problems in these areas. But at the end of the day, my confidence lay in my ability to understand the people involved (perhaps our pastor, my students, or my siblings) instead of my confidence being in the Lord. I was uncertain because my assessment left out the God of creation, and I trusted in myself.
We even do this in the smaller things of life, and it leads to anxiety and being overwhelmed. We can have confidence in life as we put our trust in the glorious Lord God. Jesus calls to us and says, “Come to me all you who are weary, and I will give you rest.” His call is a call to lose our confidence in our own selves and put our trust in Jesus who will provides us with an unshakeable rest. In Christ we have confidence. In Christ we have certainty.
Though we live in a fallen world, we are able to have confidence in the midst of problems in our life and others’ lives. Look at verse 25: ‘do not be afraid of sudden fear nor the onslaught of the wicked when it comes.’ Evil,
fear, and anxiety are all a very real part of this world. We cannot avoid issues, but we can have confidence because we have a God who rules over the brokenness of the world, and he sent a savior to reveal his glory to the world and break the power of sin and death. This brings us complete resolution in the end. As we consider our worship, let us ponder how we can find confidence in a certain God in the midst of a broken world.
--J. Andersen 3/11/16