Confidence is a funny thing, especially in our time. Everyone one around us seems to be confident. It’s almost as if we’re taught from birth that confidence is next to godliness. Don’t you think so? Even if you’ve got no idea how to do something you better look like you’ve got it all together. Rather than asking for help our motto seems to be, “Fake it till you make it!” The strange thing about this is that confidence is a good thing, but the wicked thing about this is that most people, most of us are very confident for all the wrong reasons. We’re confident because of our abilities, we’re confident because of our social status or reputation, we’re confident because of our level of physical fitness, we’re confident because of our looks, because of our bank account, because of where we came from, because we got out of where we came from, because of the car we drive, he home we live in, the job we work, and on and on and on. Some of you are even confident of how confident you are.
Confidence is a funny thing. What makes all this just seem ridiculous is that the Biblical picture of confidence is diametrically opposed to everything I’ve just said. You see, Biblically, confidence comes from an awareness of two things: knowledge of our own weakness and knowlegde of God’s strength. Do you see now why this seems absurd in our day? You don’t hear this often. “I am confident” because I am weak and God is strong. I am wicked but God is holy, I can’t do it but God can, I will fail but God won’t.
Throughout the Bible there are numerous pictures of this lesson for us to see, probably because we are so slow to learn this lesson. In fact it is not an overstatement to say that this is partially the theme of the Bible. All over the Bible we find God working and saving and putting His strength on display for all the world to see through what, strong powerful squeaky clean people who’ve got it all together? No, over and over and over and over we see God showing His strength through weak and foolish people. Of all the places that teaches this, the place I want to show you this reality from is in the Apostle Paul. Why? Because the one was referred to as the Pharisee of Pharisees, the missionary of missionaries, or the preacher of preachers, referred to himself as the least of all the Apostles, a wicked and wretched man, and even the chief of sinners.
Confident huh? Oh yeah!