Confidence can be described as a feeling of self assurance. Hope can be defined as a want or a wish combined with a feeling of confident expectation. The existence of confidence does not come by chance nor does hope. Both are a by-product of faith.
In the Christian realm, the “f” of Faith should be capitalized as together with Hope and Love, Faith is a theological virtue and a gift of the Holy Spirit. As Christians we should feel and continue to feel self assurance when it comes to matters of Faith. We need to be confident in our Faith and that confidence needs to endure. “Do not, therefore, abandon that confidence of yours; it brings a great reward. For you need endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised” [Hebrews 10: 35-36].
Endurance has been defined as the “capacity to withstand stress” and as “perseverance”. It involves pushing ahead with the Christian lifestyle notwithstanding the obstacles put in place by the enemy and there are lots of them for most of us. In a word, we have to persevere. We are not however without significant resources. God does not leave us withering on the vine. Sometimes we are blind to the resources and other times we rather enjoy the obstacles and fail to remove them. It all comes down to a contest between our will and God’s will and God lets us choose.
When you think about it, it’s a rather awesome responsibility and there are times, I’m sure, when we wish that God had not given us control over our eternal destiny. We should however be confident that our destiny is secure if we embrace the Holy Spirit and allow the Spirit to animate us in love. It’s all about our love for God and for our brothers and sisters. We grow in love when we turn to God in prayer and humbly ask our Creator to maintain our soul in His image and likeness. To do that we have to work on giving up control and let God lead. God has a mission for each of us and we will only truly be confident when we relinquish our own agenda and adopt God’s: not an easy task for most of us.