Re:Verse reading–Acts 4:5-31 (day one)
“Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John, and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.”–v 13
As a young person, with some regular relapses even now, I suffered from a deep lack of confidence. Who I was just didn’t seem to be enough–that’s how it felt, anyway.
A few years after receiving Christ, I discovered this scripture and the comfort of it. Confidence comes from “being with” Christ. Learning His mind. Resting in His life, approval and protection. If that is where Peter/John found it, I could too!
In Matthew 11, Jesus promises to give us rest. In Acts 3, he promises to give us confidence. Not available anywhere else. Attractive and noticeable, even to those who don’t believe.
“The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, but the righteous are as bold as a lion”–Proverbs 28:1.