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Deuteronomy: The Source of Our Confidence

by Dr. Chuck Missler

As Christians, it can be easy for us to mistake the purpose of humility. We know we are to avoid pride and arrogance; Satan was puffed up because of his pride, and it led to his corruption and will ultimately lead to his demise (Isa 14:12–15). We know that God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble (Jas 4:6 and 1 Pet 5:5). However, we sometimes can think that having humility means we’re to always be downtrodden and defeated, and that’s not true at all. Our humility simply means that our confidence is in God’s power and not in ourselves.

King David understood this thoroughly. The boy who went to fight the giant wasn’t absorbed in his own ego; he trusted that God would give him victory. He would later sing in Psalm 33:16–18:

There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength. An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength. Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;

When the Israelites came to the edge of the Promised Land, they knew they had the job of going in and conquering the enemy. They would be fulfilling the purposes of God, the promise given to their father Abraham more than 400 years earlier (Gen 15:13–16). However, their confidence was not in the fact that they were a vast multitude, and it was not in some idea that they were greater warriors than the giants in the land of Canaan. Their confidence came because they could trust in God’s faithfulness.

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