For almost 30 years I have been studying Christ Confidence. A Biblegateway search of the word confidence unearthed this interesting question in 2 Chronicles 32:10, “…On what are you basing your confidence, that you remain in Jerusalem under siege?…” This piqued my interest and unfolded a story that can help bolster our confidence in the midst of corona virus season.

It would be SO easy to get caught up in the fear around our world. What are we to do? Join me in looking at what Hezekiah did when he was surrounded by Sennacherib king of Assyria in 2 Chronicles 32.

2 Chronicles 31:20-21 says, 20 This is what Hezekiah did throughout Judah, doing what was good and right and faithful before the Lord his God. 21 In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.

2 Chronicles 32 goes on to tell the story how the Sennacherib king of Assyria came to interrupt Hezekiah’s and Jerusalem success. Hezekiah took some very deliberate steps getting ready for Sennacherib’s imminent attack.

  1. He consulted with his leaders and the first thing they did was to cut off the water supply. The enemy may be coming and they couldn’t stop him, but they didn’t need to make it easy for them when they arrived.
  2. They repaired the broken down places of their walls, built towers and built another wall.
  3. They made large numbers of weapons and shields
  4. He appointed military officers over the people and assembled them before him in the square at the city gate and encouraged them with these words:“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said.

I can relate to Hezekiah. I have been working hard to pull down things that don’t belong in my life and experiencing God’s blessing. But out of no where, here comes the corona virus. Kind of feels like King Sennacherib knocking at our door. What can I do when life’s circumstances knock the wind out of my confidence?

When my confidence needs CPR — what can breathe life back into it?

  • C – God’s character
  • P – God’s promises
  • R Regardless of my circumstances

For the past two months I have been meditating on this phrase. “Joy is an outward expression of an inward confidence in God’s character and His promises . . . regardless of my circumstances.” I started the first part of the phrase but then life happened. I found my confidence wavering. I reminded myself that my joy was connected to God’s character and promises NOT my circumstances.

As I meditated on what God’s character is and the faithfulness of His promises I reminded myself that I had complete confidence in both — regardless of my circumstances. So, when my circumstances changed did God’s character and promises change? The answer was an overwhelming NO. God never changes. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. My shifting circumstances did not change God thus it was possible to have peace in the midst of my circumstances.

I would like to invite you to journey with me for 21-days for an online devotional focused on building our confidence in Who Christ is – Christ Confidence not self-confidence. If you would like to join me click below:

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