I realised my brakes were gone.
It was metal on metal and I still had a long way to drive.
Anxiety began to wrap its fingers around my throat as I feared that I would either slam into the back of a car that suddenly stopped in front of me or run through a red light if the brakes gave way.
I completely lost confidence.
It’s seems that fear has a lot to do with confidence.
When you lose your confidence in something or someone, fear can threaten to rush in. But when you have great confidence, that same fear seems to melt away.
Psalm 112 shows us how confidence in God leads us to a place that is free from fear. It’s when we put our confidence in the one who is truly worthy of it that we can become free from fear – we can be fearless:
‘They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them. They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly’ – Psalm 112:7-8 (NLT)
Your freedom from fear is always in direct proportion to your confidence in the thing (or person) you place your trust in.
If your brakes work perfectly, you are free from fear of failure. If they have worn down to the metal, there is every reason to fear the worst.
We have all experienced the failure of something we have relied on. Whether it’s finance, people, false promises or fantasies, there are those moments we long for something more substantial.
The good news is that we are all invited to place our confidence in the One who will never fail. It’s as we place our confidence in the goodness of God that we can truly become fearless!
Rather than putting your ultimate trust in things that may fail, put your confidence in God.
Become less fearful.