Faces on Faith: Confidence in God
Take a walk through most books stores and you’ll see the shelves full of self-help books. Yet, so many people struggle with self doubts. They lack the confidence to face the challenges life brings all of us, and some are simply stymied in an inertia born of fear and uncertainty.
Whether you are an actor called upon to perform a part, or simply someone needing to face the task in front of you, the book of Job from the King James Version of the Bible, helps us with this promise. “For he peformeth the thing this is appointed for me.”
We’re even reminded of Moses in the Old Testament, when God appointed him with the daunting task of delivering his people from their Egyptian taskmasters. Moses says to God: “Behold, they will not believe me, nor harken unto my voice.” Even after God performs several miracles in front of Moses, he reluctantly replies, “I am not eloquent, but I am slow of speech and of a slow tongue”, and the Lord says: “Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say”. (Exodus 4)
Margaret Seymour, in her article for the Christian Science Sentinel titled “Find Confidence in God”, states: “God is always with us and forever expressing in us the spiritual qualities we need to meet the challenges we face.”
As a classroom teacher for 30 years in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and as an Adjunct Professor of Education at FGCU for six years, I found great strength and inspiration in these words from the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy: “Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way. Right motives give pinions to thought, and strength and freedom to speech and action. Wait patiently for divine Love to move upon the waters of mortal mind, and form the perfect concept. Patience must ‘have her perfect work.'”
June Sieber, Sanibel Christian Science Church