Her husband thought he was being helpful. His wife came in late from the baby shower given her. She dutifully emptied the car of all the gift boxes containing all the sweet gifts for their unborn baby. She stacked them in the corner of the garage and went to bed. As usual, she heard the garbage truck come by early the next morning but thought nothing of it. That is until she realized that her helpful husband cleared out the garage that morning. Thinking the boxes were empty, he inadvertently threw away all the gifts!
Today’s verse speaks of something that believers are never to throw away; our confidence. This is not a confidence in ourselves. This confidence is the full assurance that faith brings (verse 22). Confidence is ours because of Christ’s sacrifice, giving us direct access into God’s presence (verse 20). We have confidence to draw near to God because Christ has sprinkled our hearts clean from a guilty conscience. These believers were facing physical suffering and confiscation of their property. But confidence was still possible in looking forward to what was promised.
It is much easier to doubt and question than to remain confident. When everything seems dark and hopeless, I am tempted to let go. But when I remember His faithfulness I can regain that confidence. He is faithful to His word and His promises. He wants me to hold unswervingly to this hope I profess (verse 23). With confidence in His love I can persevere, even when circumstances are so negative. He has promised that my confidence placed in Him will be richly rewarded! Already, He is rewarding me with more of Himself.
Lord, keep me confident and holding on.