Confident in Him

“Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!” Psalms‬ ‭27:14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
 
“Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the LORD.” Psalms‬ ‭31:24‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
 
The Psalmist, David, penned these verses while on the run from the efforts of King Saul to kill him. David relied on the inherent belief underpinning his life that God was good and that there was a future hope in relationship with Him.
For those that live on the other side of the river (e.g., New Bremen, Beaver Falls, Croghan, Belfort) regions of Lewis County we have recently had a wrench tossed into our normal travel plans if we seek to go to Lowville or points further south in the county. The NYS Department of Transportation has recently closed State Route 812 near Dadville due a culvert that requires replacement. I believe this came as a surprise to many residents—at least to me it was—as it appeared to be a sudden announcement and corresponding road closure. However, we can have confidence in the engineers from the state that examined the culvert and made the assessment that it is no longer safe for vehicles to pass over that section of road. The state has lost confidence in the existing structure to keep the road safe for passing motorists and will replace the culvert and rebuild the road. In a few short months we will be able to travel with confidence over that portion of road once again.
Pastor Matt presented in a recent message on March 17th entitled, “Committed to Goodness, Part 2” the seven traits that define the goodness of God. These seven traits are listed below:
 
Mercy Gracious Long-suffering (Patient) Abounds in goodness & truth (Love) Faithful (keeps mercy for thousands) Forgiveness Justice (Holy)
These traits are referenced in Exodus 34:5-8.
 
David knew that he could rest assured and wait on the Lord because of His prior faithfulness to rescue Him in times of trouble. When David shepherded His families’ flock of sheep He was able to fend off lion and bear with the strength of the Lord on His side. The demonstrations of God’s past faithfulness provided David confidence to face his current situations and have courage for the present day and a hope for tomorrow.
 
So, it should be with us today we may be facing or have recently faced a trial or tribulation that has diminished our strength, confidence, and hope. May we be recharged in the promise that Christ reigned triumphant over death and reigns today. He has gone before us, but is also with us, by our side, in our present situation. We may struggle with the outcome of a particular life event, and the human emotions correlated; and in the midst of the struggle question how a good Father can allow a specific outcome. In spite of the struggle His goodness overpowers. We can remain confident that His ways and His plans are so much higher than we can fathom and trust in His perfect discretion.
 
In II Timothy 2:11-13 we have the following Scripture, “This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him. If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.”
As we approach the Easter season this year we have the opportunity to reflect upon the ultimate example of courage and the long obedience in the same direction that the Son, Jesus Christ, exemplified. He was obedient to the plans of the Father, even unto death on a cross. This discipline of obedience and love for the sake of the world paved the only way to salvation and reconciliation with the Father. The Father glorified this obedience and raised His son from death to life so that He could overcome death and complete the circuit back to the Father where He now sits at the right hand of the Father.
 
My prayer as we celebrate and commemorate this Easter is that we, individually and corporately, experience renewed confidence through the salvation work of the Son and the overwhelming goodness of God to empower us with courage for today and hope for tomorrow. While we wait, the miracle is in motion.  In closing, please see below for the lyrics from the song ‘Confident’ by Stephanie Gretzinger
 
You’re always moving in the unseen
The breath You exhale sustaining me
Before I call, You know my need
You’re always going before me
I’m confident Your faithfulness will see me through
My soul can rest, my righteousness is found in You
With every moment left, in every borrowed breath, let this be true
That all my heart, for all my life, belongs to You
Your laughter scatters my enemies
You give me joy for my mourning
You lift my head so I can see
All of heaven surrounding me
I’m confident Your faithfulness will see me through
My soul can rest, my righteousness is found in You
With every moment left, in every borrowed breath, let this be true
That all my heart, for all my life, belongs to You
I won’t win this battle with the strength in my own hands
You’re the mountain-mover and only You can
I won’t build my life on sinking sand
You’re my hope forever, the rock where I stand
I won’t win this battle with the strength in my own hands
You’re the mountain-mover and only You can
I won’t build my life on sinking sand
You’re my hope forever, the rock where I stand!
The rock where I stand!
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand
I’m confident Your faithfulness will see me through
My soul can rest, my righteousness is found in You
With every moment left, in every borrowed breath, let this be true
That all my heart, for all my life, belongs to You

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