From: Phil Kim
“For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.” Hebrews 3.14
The election season is in full swing. The polling firms remind us regularly about each candidate's chances of winning their races. When the polling numbers are reported in the press, they also are accompanied by something in fine print called the margin of error. As the margin of error decreases, our confidence should increase in the accuracy of the reported statistics.
The word “confidence” appears five times in the book of Hebrews. In today’s passage (Hebrews 3.14-19), the author exhorts us to hold our confidence in Christ and reminds us about the people of Israel’s lack of confidence as they travelled through the wilderness. Despite experiencing God’s actions first hand when they escaped from Egypt, the people of Israel rebelled after receiving discouraging scouting reports from Canaan, requiring Moses to intercede on their behalf to protect them from God’s wrath (Numbers 14.13-19).
When doubts weaken our confidence and make us believe that a large margin of error exists, we can be reminded of God’s assurances given to us by Psalmist: that “Your steadfast love is great to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds” (Psalm 57.10). No polling firm can ever achieve the accuracy that our Lord provides.
As a business professor, I teach my students how to be more confident about their career pursuits. As a husband and father, I strive to encourage my wonderful wife and daughters to exhibit confidence in their God-given talents and dreams.