In this [union and communion with Him] love is brought to completion and attains perfection with us…
— 1 John 4:17 (AMPC)
We never have to be afraid of God. We should have reverential fear—meaning a respectful awe—of Him, but He doesn’t want us to feel timid or lack confidence when we come to Him. The Bible tells us to come “fearlessly and confidently and boldly” to the throne of grace and make our requests known (see Hebrews 4:16). We cannot operate in boldness and fear at the same time. We may feel fear, but we don’t have to bow down or give in to it; we can approach God with confidence.
In our society today, we have an epidemic of insecurity. The world is full of people who lack confidence, but thankfully as God’s children, we don’t have to be one of them. Our confidence comes from Christ alone and His love for us, not from anything we’ve done or not done. The Bible says we should put no confidence in the flesh (see Philippians 3:3), but be bold and courageous in Christ.
Begin to believe today that from now on you’ll step out in faith to do whatever He asks you to do. Don’t draw back in fear and timidity, but go all the way through to the finish of each task.
Prayer Starter: Father, please set me free from any insecurities or lack of confidence that’s held me back. Thank You that I can always come boldly to You and ask for anything I need, and thank You for equipping me to do everything You’ve asked me to do with excellence. In Jesus’ name, amen.