Misplaced Confidence

March 20, 2013

Misplaced Confidence

            All of us have suffered by misplaced confidence.  We have placed confidence in people who have defrauded us.  The Bible tells us that the arm of flesh will fail us.  “Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.”  It would be impossible to live without putting confidence in people, but we need to have discernment to know who we should trust.

  • Hearts have been broken by marriage partners who failed to keep their promises.
  • Fortunes have been lost by those who were defrauded by business partners.
  • Freedom has been lost because politicians haven’t kept their promises.
  • Lives have been lost by people who trusted  incompetent or quack doctors.

Sometimes misplaced confidence just makes a bump in the road for us.  Sometimes it results in financial hardship or emotional suffering.  At times the consequences stay with us all our lives.

Who can we trust?  Must we go through life living in fear of being defrauded?  No, there is someone in whom we can trust.  Proverbs 3:5-6 says “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.   In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

As was previously mentioned, some misplace confidence results in lifelong consequences.  There is something even worse than that.  There is misplaced confidence that has eternal consequences.  That is what will be the result of placing your hope of salvation on your own merits.  Many do that.  When someone asks them if they have hopes of going to heaven, they start adding up their merits.  They think their merits have to count for something.

Others misplace their confidence by trusting in their church to save them.  They do their best to abide by the dictates of their church and think that will get them through the pearly gates.

We never do wrong by placing our confidence in God and his Word.  What does his Word say about the way of salvation?  We read in Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:   Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Titus 3:5 says “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” Isn’t that clear enough?  Yes, we need works of righteousness, but God says they won’t get us to heaven.  Why did Christ have to die on the cross if it’s possible to get to heaven by our own merits? Some ask, but what about those who profess to put their faith in Christ but go on living a wicked life?  II Corinthians 5:17 is the answer to that question.  “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” If we are truly, genuinely saved, we will be a changed person.  We won’t be perfect, but we will have a change of heart that convicts us of sinful habits and enables us to live for Christ.  That change in us won’t let us deceive and defraud those who put their confidence in us.

If you put your faith in God for salvation there is no assurance that you will never again suffer from misplaced confidence, but you won’t be in as much danger as you are without his divine guidance.  You can also have the confidence that you will have a mansion prepared for you in heaven. John 14:1-2 says, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.   In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”

 

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