After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
Are you a confident person? We hear a great deal today about the importance of self-confidence. “You have to believe in yourself!” we’re told. There’s an inherent danger in self-confidence, though. None of us is perfect. Every one of us will disappoint ourselves and others. When this happens, self-confidence quickly gives way to self-doubt and despair.
The early Christians in Jerusalem didn’t make this mistake. They were extremely confident but not self-confident. You might say they were Christ-confident. They knew that Jesus had risen from the grave on Easter morning. He promised to be with them always. He assured them that all authority in heaven and on earth had been given to him. These realities made them bold to proclaim the word of God even after two of their leaders had been jailed for doing this very thing.
What are you facing today? Whatever it is, face it boldly. Jesus is alive. He is with you. He has promised to make all things work out for your good. What could give you greater confidence?
Lord Jesus, you know what I am facing this day. Give me confidence knowing that you are with me. Amen.