I’d be fooling you if I didn’t tell you I sometimes lacked confidence. Whether that be the fear of making the wrong decision, or a decision that might disrupt our church family… or my goodness, my own family! Confidence sometimes seems to avoid me like I try to avoid the massage people at the mall – no eye contact, and walk on the other side of the street.
But we can have confidence. God promises us as much. God gives it to those whom He loves and delights in. When we fear the Lord, with it comes confidence. A confidence that he gives us our every need (see Matthew 6:11); that He is a strong tower to anyone who might run to Him (see Proverbs 18:10); that we – His children – have a place to find refuge, protection, and care! (see Proverbs 14:26).
How do we grow in confidence then?
Well, how do we learn anything? Taking the time to learn from some teacher or teaching, then practice whatever we’ve been taught! In Proverbs 14:27, it uses this term “the fountain of life” which is another way to say “the teaching of the wise” (see Proverbs 13:14). When we enroll in the school of the fountain of life, and, and the and is critical – we begin to practice the teaching we’ve learned, our confidence will grow. The topic that you study in the school of the fountain of life is the fear of the Lord.
But, what is the fear of the Lord?
For the unbeliever, it’s judgement of God and eternal death (see Luke 12:5). For the believer, it’s the beginning of wisdom (see Proverbs 1:7). Another way to put it is the fear of the Lord is knowing your place in God’s economy. No, you have nothing to be afraid of, God’s love won’t be taken from you (see Romans 8:38-39), nor will He ever leave you or forsake you (see Hebrews 13:5). To fear the Lord means you obey what He’s told you to do.
There are a lot of things I’ve been taught in my days, but until I begin to do them with regularity, my confidence won’t grow. So, enroll in the fountain of life, where a fear of the Lord will be produced.
Confidence flows from those who learn from the fountain of life, where the fear of the LORD is the topic. (Prov14:26-27) #reclaimthemorning