MONDAY, JANUARY 21
“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that He opened for us through the
curtain, that is, through His flesh.”
Hebrews 10:19 ESV
A CONFIDENT CONNECTION
“Control your Irish passions, Thomas. Your uncle here tells me you proposed 64 lifeboats and he had to pull your arm to get you down to 32. Now, I will remind you just as I reminded him–these are my ships. And, according to our contract, I have final say on the design. I’ll not have so many little boats as you call them, cluttering up my decks and putting fear into the passengers.” –J. Bruce Ismay, Director of the White Star Line of the infamous Titanic.
Ismay had full confidence that the Titanic was in fact a lifeboat and that actual lifeboats were a waste of space. The reality is that Bruce Ismay misplaced his confidence in the ship. We can all the confidence in the world in someone or something but if that someone or something isn’t reliable our confidence is wasted.
The author of Hebrews was confident that we have a connection with God because of who Jesus is and what Jesus did. We were reminded in Sunday’s sermon that God accepts us because of Jesus’ sacrifice and not our performance. When we place our confidence in Jesus, we are placing our confidence in God Himself. And God is faithful and unchanging.
Some of us have experienced seasons in our lives where we felt unworthy to be loved and accepted by God. And if our access to God depended on our own righteousness and effort, we would all be hopeless. However, we can be confident that God’s mercy offered to us through faith in Jesus’ sacrifice guarantees us access to God’s presence and ultimately heaven.
How secure do you feel about your relationship with God? Are any insecurities you might be battling based on God’s promises or based on your performance? Read Ephesians 1 and list the ways God’s word gives us confidence in our relationship with Him.