Pastor's Pen: Confidence in God

Ron Witbeck, associate pastor at Resurrection Life Church in Big Rapids

Ron Witbeck, associate pastor at Resurrection Life Church in Big Rapids

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‘Confidence’ “The feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust.”

As we approach the ending of 2021, we may find ourselves surrounded by more disbelief than confidence in these current days! Our world in which we are now living seems to be filled with many uncertainties. With the spread of new diseases and trying to sort out the truth in all the information that we are given daily, this has led many into living their lives in fear.

We should ask ourselves, ‘Have we built our lives on a foundation of sand or have we built it on the Solid Rock of Jesus?’ Jesus Himself said that ‘IF’ we have faith in God our future is sure.

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” — 1 John 4:4.

From that time of Jesus’ ascension into heaven recorded in the Book of Acts 1:9-11, we know that He will again return. Ever since His ascension into heaven, some have spoken of when that would actually occur, causing only confusion and doubt.

Within the covers of our Bibles we see where others went through some rough times.  God foreknew and He was always there in one form or another watching over and guiding His people.

He divided the Red Sea, used a shepherd boy to kill a giant, provided protection from a fiery furnace, closed the mouth of lions, and many times defeated an opposing enemy, bringing down the walls of Jericho by a shout.  Several times accomplishing miracles beyond human imaginations.

With the New Year of 2022 upon us, let’s be prepared with prayers, then standing on the peace and strength of God, let the Holy Spirit be our guide not the world.

Daily we are witnessing new movements that are causing division, stirring up hatred, sometimes leading to death.  Instead of falling into the devil’s trap let’s look to God for direction.

“But I say, love your enemies!  Pray for those who persecute you!  In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.” — Matthew 5:44-45 (NLT).

So as I wish you all a Happy New Year, let’s look at 1 John 4:11. “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 

— Ron Witbeck is an associate pastor at Resurrection Life Church in Big Rapids.