Christmas Devotion: Confidence || Day 4

Day 1 || Surrender — Click Here

Day 2 || Surrender — Click Here

Day 3 || Trust — Click Here

1 At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. 2 (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. 4 And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. 5 He took with him Mary, to whom he was engaged, who was now expecting a child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. 7 She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging

available for them.  || Luke 2:1-7

Confidence. It has a few different shades of meaning. But it ultimately means expecting an outcome and acting on it accordingly. Confidence is jumping out of a plane believing the thin piece of silk in your backpack will stop your fall. Confidence is walking across a crosswalk believing cars will stop at a red light. Confidence is going to sleep at night believing the world will be as it should when you wake up.

Confidence. While it might not seem at first like the most obvious concept in the passage you just read, it’s pretty prominent.

Where do we see it? Verse 6. Time has passed since God revealed to Mary and Joseph. And here they were traveling to Bethlehem to be counted in the Roman census. What would happen? What would God do? Would God do as He promised? Was there another surprise in store?

Confidence. It was a gift given to Mary and Joseph in the form of a baby, born just as God said He would be. Fully God, the Messiah that would take away the sins of the world. Fully human, the baby wrapped in cloths, lying in a feeding trough. God came through. And because of this, Mary and Joseph could have confidence that God was who He said He was and would accomplish what He said He would accomplish.

Confidence. It’s believing that God can and will do what He says He will do. IT’s taking His promises in the Bible as truth. It’s living your life in a bold, vibrant faith knowing that God will use you to grow His Kingdom.

Confidence. Do you have it?

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT…

  • What has God done in your life to build your confidence in Him?
  • There is a lot of uncertainty in the world these days. How does confidence in God’s character affect any fears or worries you have in your life?

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