Do you have confidence? Can you rest assured that all things are going to work out in you life? You can you know. God has said so. Jesus Christ Himself tells us in John 16:33 to be at peace saying, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Because He is an overcomer, we are too even in our troubles. How can I say this? Because God is telling us that it is normal to have troubles. God’s half-brother James even said, “Consider it pure joy my brothers when you come into trials (troubles) of diverse kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing” (James 1:2-4).
Over the weekend I attended a men’s Bible study where we looked at Hebrews 4:16 saying, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that you may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Do you approach God’s throne in prayer with confidence? You should because as Hebrews says, as a believer, “you have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess” (Hebrews 4:14). We have Jesus interceding with the Father for us, therefore we should be confident. This is not some worldly hope, but a promise from God, “Through these (life and godliness) He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them we might participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption of the world caused by evil desires” (2 Peter 1:4).
God has promised us that even though we will have trouble that His divine nature through His Holy Spirit is guiding and protecting us through them. Therefore we can be confident, as He is our anchor. He is the promise maker and keeper. He cannot lie or change like the world does. “Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of prophecy in this book” (Revelation 22:7). These are Jesus’ last words to John written to us as we wait for His coming soon. We can be confident of this that He who said this is the Holy Lord and we can count on it.