Let Your Confidence Come From God
Written by Jenn Arman | January 6, 2013
I’ve been spending time in the book of Acts lately and I came across this verse:
Now as they [Pharisees and Sadducees] 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 (Acts 4:13).
In context, Peter and John had just healed a lame man in the name of Jesus. The Pharisees and Sadducees brought Peter and John before a group of rulers and elders to question them about this miracle. They were looking for a reason to imprison Peter and John because they didn’t want the name of Jesus preached to the people.
The reason verse 13 caught my attention is because it specifically calls Peter and John uneducated and untrained, and they were.
Peter and John were fishermen. They were trained in sailing boats, catching fish and mending fishing nets; they were not trained in theology (the study of God) or rhetoric (how to argue). The elders that Peter addresses were trained in both theology and rhetoric, so compared to the elders, Peter and John were uneducated.
This Scripture says something else important: It says that the elders observed the confidence of Peter and John despite their lack of education and training, and they recognized them as having been with Jesus.
How did they recognize that Peter and John had been with Jesus? Because Peter and John had confidence in what they’d done and what they said to the council. But their confidence was not based on education or training. The only place that their confidence could have come from was God.
I wanted to share this with you girls to impress upon you the importance of time spent with the Lord. I also want to encourage you with this: It doesn’t matter how confident you feel in what you know about the Bible or about the way that God works. What matters is time spent with God and telling people your story.
When we spend quality time with God, He will give you the confidence you need to talk to others about the Lord and what He has done in our lives. People don’t want to know about God, they want to know that God is real. They want to know what God has done recently. They need your testimony. Every Christian has a testimony–don’t be afraid to share yours. We are all educated enough to tell our own story.
Have you ever felt like you weren’t educated enough to talk about Jesus?
As He [Jesus] was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed was imploring Him that he might accompany Him. And He [Jesus] did not let him, but He said to him, Go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how he had mercy on you (Mark 5:18-19).