This Week's Truth

Confidence

Sunday, December 15, 2019
Through Knowledge

         Hunters and fishermen will tell you about the importance of confidence. It is really a major part of the battle when it comes to patience and persistence. For instance, if I know I have always caught fish in a certain hole; I will fish that hole slower and with a greater awareness of an imminent bite. I also must have confidence in the bait I'm using. It can be the latest and greatest invention, but without my added confidence it's most likely to find itself in an unused section in the bottom of my tackle box. And what can I say about confidence when it comes to boredom? The two cannot survive together. One will always push the other into the corner of the boat. In hunting, confidence comes from knowing you are in the right place and that at any time you might have the opportunity for a shot. It causes you to get to the woods early, stay late, and forgo lunch. Confidence brings excitement. What we all must remember, however, about confidence, is it is the byproduct of something else – knowledge. Confidence can never stand on its own. It must have something to prop it up. That something is knowledge. Therefore, if our knowledge is unfounded then our confidence will be as well. You can see how important it is then, to know the truth. In deer hunting, the scenario might go like this. We set a stand in the same place we did last year without scouting. Last year the acorns were plentiful and the deer abundant. We get to the stand before light, excited about the possibilities. Our confidence is out the roof. As daylight exposes the trees around us, we begin to gaze at each one and find out none have acorns. Immediately, the confidence we had earlier, now becomes doubt, discouragement, and distrust. No matter how much confidence we may have in that area, the truth says different.

         As a Christian my confidence doesn't need to come from the circumstances or situations around me. If I were to only look at the bad things that happen to me from an earthly perspective, I would have no confidence in my ability to overcome. And conversely, when good things happen, I would have the needed confidence to continue. But my confidence must come from something that is less fickle than the circumstances around me. It must come from the truth found in the Word of God. If you and I will look at the events in our lives in the light of scripture, we can have confidence, that know matter what the circumstances appear to be, we have hung our life's stand in the right tree. 

Gary Miller
gary@outdoortruths.org

Confidence

Monday, May 18, 2015
My history of success

                My hunting has given way to fishing. At one time I actually did more fishing than hunting. But for the past several years it's been hard to keep me out of the woods. My fishing has its extremes. I love the thrill of landing a big bass but I also love the serenity (and table fare) of catching pan fish. Recently I fished in a local bass tournament. The competition adds to the excitement. It's in the blood of every American male. It's been so long since I bass fished consistently that I'm not able to keep up with the latest and hottest bait. I have to rely on friends who are not too concerned about me catching too many of their prized fish. My memories of this type of fishing go back to my early adult years. During those years it was a purple worm in the daylight hours and a black one at night. Crank baits and spinner baits were too expensive to purchase in numbers so I wormed. I figured if I couldn't catch a bass on a plastic worm it was simply because I had the wrong color. I'm still glad I learned that form of fishing. It's still one of the best ways to catch bass, but I'm sure one of the reasons that it is so effective for me is because I have confidence in it. Any fisherman knows what an important part confidence plays in fishing with a particular bait. If you have no confidence in what you're throwing you might as well be throwing a bare hook.
          
Confidence is important in all walks of life. It comes from knowledge and experience. In the case of my worm fishing, I must know that it's supposed to work and I must have experienced catching fish on it in the past. These two things bring me confidence for future trips. In the same way my knowledge and past experience with the Lord brings me confidence in Him for the future. I know He is able to take care of my circumstance and I have seen Him do it in the past. The Bible says, "Do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward." What a coincidence, that this verse uses the word "cast." I guess the Lord wanted us fishermen to understand that the same confidence we put in a particular bait, we can put, in Him - and even more.

Gary Miller
gary@outdoortruths.org

 

 

 


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