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What the Bible Says About Confidence

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.


People talk about having confidence all the time. However, some people don't know what confidence really is. Even fewer people know what the Bible says about confidence. Let's set the record straight.

Confidence: Definition

Confidence is the feeling or belief a person has when he can rely on someone or something. It is also the state of feeling certain about someone or something. Confidence is a state of being sure something is true. Some synonyms for confidence include the following:

  • trust
  • belief
  • faith
  • credence
  • conviction
  • reliance
  • dependence

One can have self-confidence when he believes in himself and what he can do for himself. However, this article is about having confidence in the one who created us in His own image.

What God Told Joshua

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go" (Joshua 1:9).

God told Joshua to be strong and courageous just as He is telling us. He tells us not to be confident in our own abilities or strengths. Instead, He wants us to depend solely on Him. It doesn't benefit us to depend on our bank account, where we live, or what we drive. Those things can change, but God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

You can be confident in God because of His strength; not yours.

What God Told Jeremiah

"But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him" (Jeremiah 17:7)

We find out from the prophet Jeremiah that God wants us to have complete confidence in Him and not in our own strength because we often become weak. Surely, God wants us to do our best, but we should be confident that God will work things out in His own power.

What the Psalmist Says

"Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident" (Psalm 27:3).

The psalmist tells us that when an army of people set out to attack us, God alone can defeat our enemies, if we would just trust Him. Our job is to be confident that God will fight our battles for us. God said, "Vengeance is mine; I will repay" (Deuteronomy 32:35).

What Solomon Says

Solomon was full of wisdom because that was a gift from God. Solomon was the wisest man who lived during his time. He wrote the books of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs.

His wise words to us about confidence are found in Proverbs 3:25-26.

"Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared."

We do not know what lies ahead in our future. However, there is one thing we should know and be confident about. We should be confident that God will be at our side to keep our foot from being snared.

What Isaiah Says

"The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever." (Isaiah 32:17)

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When you are confident in God, you will believe the words of Isaiah that assure you that they will bring peace and quietness to your life.

What Paul Says

Paul was an apostle and a servant of God. He was confident based on his knowledge of God. Paul wrote 13 books of the New Testament where he gives his testimony over and over about his confidence in God and not in himself.

"Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" (Philippians 1:6).

Paul tells us in the above scripture that we should be confident that God will complete the good work He started in us.

Paul also tells us something about confidence in Ephesians 3:12.

"In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence."

A synonym for confidence is faith. In the above scripture, Paul tells us that It’s in God and through our faith that we can approach God with freedom and confidence.

What the Writer of Hebrews Tells Us

"Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need" (Hebrews 4:16).

Our first response to any problem should not be to rely on ourselves or on our friends. According to the above scripture, we should approach God with confidence. As a result, we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need no matter what that need is.

The writer of Hebrews gives us more good advice.

"So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised" (Hebrews 10:35-36).

When things do not work out the way we expect, we should not lose our confidence. Instead, we should persevere

There is excellent advice in Hebrews 13:6.

So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

When we say something with confidence, we can stand firm on that. It is something we believe. The above scriptures clearly state that God is our helper. Therefore, we should not be afraid because mere mortals cannot harm us.


Hopefully, you have learned some important things about confidence from this article and from what biblical characters said. Keep the following things embedded in your mind about confidence.

  • Rely on God and not on yourself.
  • Confidence is a gift from God that comes when you truly know Him.
  • Confidence in God eliminates fear and worry.
  • In order to be of service to God, one should be confident in the power of God.

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