Thursdays – Dawn’s Devotions for Writers
“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 NIV)
Would someone describe you as being a confident person?
Today’s Bible verse says that if we’re confident, we’ll be richly rewarded. Hmmm …
How often do we lack confidence and doubt our abilities?
“I can’t do this.”
“No one will want to read this!”
“I’ll never be good enough.”
We may lose our confidence when we receive a “thanks, but no thanks” in reply to a submission.
According to the dictionary, if we have confidence, we believe in our own ability to succeed. Sounds almost boastful, doesn’t it? But, confidence shouldn’t be confused with arrogance or pride.
Maybe the confidence mentioned in Hebrews 10 is the confidence we can have knowing that our Lord is working through us. We’re only the vessel. We need to keep trying, even when we feel a bit discouraged. When we’re nervous about submitting a manuscript or pitching at a conference, we’re to remain confident that God is at work. We can be bold when we’re pursuing our calling—even when the road becomes bumpy and we’re tempted to take an easier, smoother path.
Friends, in order to receive the rewards God has for us, we must persevere.
Don’t lose heart! Don’t lose your confidence!
And go submit that manuscript….