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God Confidence – Br. John Braught

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Br. John BraughtHebrews 11:1-2, 8-19
Mark 4:35-41

Those who have faith have confidence. Confidence literally means ‘with faith’.  From the Latin ‘con fides’, meaning ‘with fidelity’. Confidence literally means ‘with faith’.

Faith is belief that is not based on visible proof or evidence. “[F]aith is the assurance of things hoped for,” we read in the Letter to the Hebrews, “the conviction of things not seen.” Faith is belief that is not based on visible proof or evidence, and those who have faith have confidence. They know who God is, and they know what God can do. They trust in God’s promise, they trust in God’s power, and they trust in God’s provision. Those who have faith have confidence.

Abraham was a man of faith. In the letter to the Hebrews, we read how Abraham set out for the Promised Land, not knowing where it was. He had no proof or evidence, but Abraham set out for the Promised Land with confidence, by faith, trusting in God’s promise to show him the way. Abraham was too old, but with confidence, by faith, Abraham was able to procreate, trusting in God’s power.  Abraham had never seen anyone raised from the dead, but with confidence, by faith, Abraham was prepared to sacrifice Isaac, whom he loved, because he trusted God’s provision to return his son to him. Those who have faith have confidence. The kind of confidence that, Jesus suggests in our Gospel, would have saved his disciples from fear when facing a storm at sea. “Why are you afraid,” he asks? “Have you still no faith?” Those who have faith have confidence. They know who God is, and they know what God can do.

We know who God is; and we know what God can do – even if we cannot presently see it. We know it because of what we’ve have already been through. Most of us have been through difficult times. We’ve faced some stormy weather, and we were afraid. It is often during these times that we discover our faith to begin with. When we cannot see how or when we will make it through – we have no proof or evidence – we begin to lose confidence in ourselves. We begin to lose confidence in ourselves, but maybe that’s not such a bad thing. We lose confidence in ourselves, and we discover what it means to have confidence in God. We discover what it means to live by faith. “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Those who have faith have confidence. We know who God is, and we know what God can do. Whatever we may face, we need not be afraid. We’ve experienced God’s promise, God’s power, and God’s provision before, and we will experience it again – even if we cannot presently see it. In that, we can be confident.

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