Comfortable, Confident, and Content
The 3 C's to Building Your Relationship with God
“Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.”
2 Thessalonians 2:8
This scripture lets us know a number of things: 1. That He loves us. 2. We have His everlasting support and grace. 3. He will secure us in every good word and work. 4. These things are already ours!!
With that being said, why are we still not comfortable with God? Let’s dig a little deeper to see our level of comfort. Do we go to God for everything or only when we need something? Do we confess our sins and wrongdoings and ask for forgiveness? Or do we just walk around saying ‘God knows my heart?’
Are we truly comfortable with God? Or are we treating him like someone we don’t know or can’t trust? How can you trust someone that you do not know on a personal level? Do you spend time with God or do you only know what you have heard others say about him. When it comes to your day of judgment, will you say, “It is so nice to meet finally you; I’ve heard so many great things about you” or will you know him for yourself?
You can start by saying “Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.” Psalm 16:1
Then you are on your way to being confident in the Lord.
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6
Isn’t it amazing to know that what God has put in you, no man can take it away? But we must be careful because there is a difference between being confident in our abilities and being confident in God’s ability through us. We must realize that it is not us…it is all God. The Bible warns us in Proverbs 14:16 that “A wise man feareth, and depareth from evil; but the fool rageth, and is confident.”
Being confident in God takes off some of the pressures of everyday life. On those days where you may not feel so sure about yourself, you can quote scriptures like Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”. Or Psalm 23:1- “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want”. And Psalm 55:22- “Cast they burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee”. Notice that none of these scriptures stated that it was by your power, but it was nothing but the Lord! So now that your confidence is in the Lord, you should have no problem with being content.
I once heard a quote that said: “Never compare yourself to others, for you will always be bitter or vain.” This is true because if you compare yourself to a billionaire, then you will say you don’t have enough. But if you compare yourself to a homeless person then you will think you got it going on.
But the Scripture says: “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Philippians 4:1
Being content does not mean you have to settle. It just means that you know, understand, and accept that God is the ruler of your life, so there is no need to wish for more than what God has already planned for you. He knows what is best.
I want to leave you with this final scripture that speaks to being comfortable, confident, and content:
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content (this one’s obvious) with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee (that’s comfort). So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me (that’s confidence).” Hebrews 13:5-6
I encourage you...Be comfortable through God, confident in God, and content with God’s plan.