THEME: The Godward Confidence
PASSAGE: 1 John 3:20–24
HMYN: MHB 523-I WILL not let Thee go
MEMORY VERSE: 1 John 3:21b, 22 “We have confidence before God and receive from Him anything we ask because we obey His commands and do what pleases Him.”
My son was recently admitted into a secondary school. I had paid his fees but being new I did not register his payment during the term. All debtors were brought out and my son was one of them. When the irregularity was corrected, I asked him what he thought when he was branded a debtor. He quipped ‘Dad I told them my father does not owe; he must have paid.’ I was happy at the confidence he reposed in my responsibility as a father. Thinking about it later, I asked myself, do we as children of God trust in God’s ability to care?
However, the reverse is the case with the Israelites, God’s own people. In spite of God’s many powerful interventions of deliverance in their affairs (e.g. at the Red Sea, in the desert when they were thirsty, etc) they grumbled at every new challenge that confronted them as if the God who had intervened earlier is no more there or is refusing to help. This attitude shows a clear lack of trust in God that watches over them. This attitude kindled the anger of God against them. This lack of trust made thousands of them die in the wilderness and only two faithful ones, Joshua and Caleb, made it to the Promised Land.
It is not only the Israelites that are guilty of this lack of trust in God. Believers are guilty, too. Is the hand of God short to deliver? Is His ear heavy that He cannot hear? (Isaiah 59:1). No, of course. God has the power to deliver and save but our sins have prevented Him from doing so. We prostitute fellowships, churches and pastors, looking for miracles of prosperity. John, in our reading, exhorts us to have “God-ward confidence” in the ability of the all-powerful God. We must, however, no doubt if we want to receive anything from God.
PRAYER: “Jehovah Jireh” is Your name, Lord, Let not my confidence in your ability to provide be misplaced in my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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