“We have this confidence in him that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” In many if not in all walks of life, there seems to be a delicate balance and struggle with the notion of confidence. Too little of it creates an emotional vacuum which spells disaster and harm while an overabundance of it has the enormous potential of terrible results and inflated egos that could fill several football stadiums. How do we reach a healthy and holy balance? “We also know that the Son of God has come and has given us discernment to know the one who is true.” Precisely. Once we acknowledge and work tirelessly for that heart-beating, eye-opening relationship with Jesus we would never have a clue what is true humility and what is false confidence.
“So this joy of mine has been made complete. He must increase; I must decrease.” Perhaps if we were to return to the very meaning of the word, we would almost immediately realize that it comes from the two words “with faith.” Right there we have an almost immediate revealing clue as to the depth of richness that is ours when we place all our hope and trust in the Lord. Then and only then would we have an opening into solid strength and growing holiness which we all need to survive in this world. Our ego and selfish tendencies must decrease while our time spent with the Lord must in fact increase to make a solid return to Him without reserve. This is what is meant by walking out of darkness into the light of the Lord: “The people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death light has arisen.”
Be patient with yourself. Perfection comes not in this life, but in the next life. Don’t demand things that are unreasonable, but demand of yourself improvement. As you let the Lord help you through that, He will make the difference. Russell M. Nelson