Here's another saying from my daily flip-calendar : "Confidence is the feeling you have before you understand the situation."
At first I thought it was kind of cynical, but from a spiritual perspective I think it's quite true. There is absolutely nothing apart from God that is worth placing our confidence in. Nothing. People we love will fail us from time to time. I will fail them. How often do I fail myself? It is inevitable. Not because we don't love enough or because we don't try, but because we are human. Apart from Jesus, we have nothing in this life to be confident about...except a future void of lasting hope and true fulfillment. This is not what the world is telling us....this is not what Oprah is telling us! (Don't get me started on Oprah, that could be a lengthy rant better saved for another day). We are told to believe in ourselves and we can make our dreams come true, believe in the "universe", believe in chance and fate and good things will happen...umm, ok. Yea.
"For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight." 1 Corinthians 3:19
The fact is that we are completely and utterly dependent on Jesus. This is not a popular idea , but it's the truth. Whether you believe in Him or not, it remains true. Not one breath of air goes in and out of our lungs without Christ. Along with the Father, He is the creator and sustainer of life.
"...in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word..." Hebrews 1:1-3
God, help me to understand the situation of my life....that without You, I am nothing. I can do no good thing. Unless my eyes are kept focused on You, unless You are my guide and my source, all of my plans and dreams are like sand sifting through my fingers.
John 15:5 "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing."