Worship last Sunday at Journey was amazing! Matt Estrin and his team ushered us through a meaningful time of worship and reflection. The people sang with such conviction…such confidence that God is good and that He’s worthy of our praise.
As I’ve reflected on the worship experience last Sunday I thought about Abraham.
“He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”
Authentic confidence is inspirational.
Talk show host Larry King tells this story about baseball great Ty Cobb. When Cobb was 70, a reporter asked him, “What do you think you’d hit if you were playing these days?” Cobb, who was a lifetime .367 hitter, said, “About .290, maybe .300.” The reporter said, “That’s because of the travel, the night games, the artificial turf, and all the new pitches like the slider, right?” “No,” said Cobb, “it’s because I’m 70.”
Authentic confidence IS inspirational, but false confidence is comical.
Perhaps you’ve heard the story of the little boy in his backyard with a baseball and a bat. Tossing the ball into the air he confidently he announced as he swung the bat with all his might, “I’m the greatest hitter in the world!” But he missed.
Undeterred he tried again. Tossing the ball into the air he proclaimed, “I’m the greatest hitter in the world!” And he missed the ball again.
Still hopeful and still confident he tried for a third time, but as he released the ball into the air this time he cheered, “I’m the greatest pitcher in the world.”
Authentic confidence is as easy to recognize as false confidence. Authentic confidence is, and can only be, based in God. False confidence is, and can only be, based in self. Abraham, the father of faith, displayed authentic confidence when he proclaimed, “We will worship and then we will come back to you” (Gen. 22:5 emphasis mine). Abraham’s journey with God to this point assured him that—somehow, someway—Isaac would crawl off that altar, alive.
And he did.