This Sunday at The Bridge Church we are beginning a new summer series in the book of First John called, “Living Confidently For God.”
It is a book that can help you learn how to deal with emptiness, guilt, confusion and doubt by knowing the God who is able to give you real assurance and confidence.
So often today we are taught by the world to put our confidence in ourselves.
Can you imagine the captain of a ship, driven about by rough winds and desiring to drop anchor, trying to find a suitable place to do so right on board his own vessel?
That sounds pretty ridiculous, but for the sake of a lesson, let’s picture the skipper doing that. He hangs the anchor at the bow, but still the boat is driven by the wind. He sets it on the deck, but this too fails to hold it steady. At last, he puts it down into the hold of the ship but has no better success.
You see, an anchor resting on the storm-driven ship will never do the job. Only as it is thrown into the deep can it be effective against the wind and current.
In the same way, if you put confidence in yourself you’ll never experience true peace and safety. That’s as futile as a captain who keeps the anchor aboard his own ship. Real confidence comes when you cast your faith into the great depths of God’s eternal love and power.
Hebrews 6:18-19 …So we who have found safety with him are greatly encouraged to hold firmly to the hope placed before us. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for our lives. It is safe and sure… (TEV)