Confidence because of our Maker
Paul starts off chapter 3 with an apology for commending himself instead of praising The Lord for His own work. We are simply instruments and the Lord is our author. He is the one who has created us. He is the one who has written on our hearts, not with ink, but with His spirit. And in that our confidence, too, comes from Him. Paul says “we are not competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves but our competence comes from God.”
Sometimes I think we lose sight of what He has for us and focus on what we want for ourselves. Here, Paul tells us that we can have confidence in who we are not because of the capabilities or talents or things we have to offer but because of our maker. Because of who God is. Through His spirit in us and written on our hearts we have life. We have confidence and abilities because of who He is and who He made you to be.
My challenge for you this week is to give thanks to the Lord. Whether you are playing a pick up game of basketball or sitting in chemistry my challenge is for you to thank Him for the way that He has created you. The things you like and the things you don't like, when you walk with a grateful heart you continue to draw near to Him. He will continue to speak into the way that He did create you thus increasing the confidence you are walking in.
"Lord, I thank you for the way that you have uniquely created each of us. I thank you that there is not one person exactly like us. That we would continue to say thank you even when we aren’t in control, even when we aren't happy, even when we don't know it all. That our eyes would be so focused on the author instead of the characters in the book this week."