Over-Confidence

J. D. Conley
February 17, 2013

We admire someone who has confidence, i.e., someone who acts as if they know where they are going and why.

Over-confidence, however, is unwise and at times dangerous. Take for example, a child. They will follow older ones into dangerous situations, because they lack the wisdom and knowledge to see danger.

Over-confidence abounds in spiritual things also. The most dangerous is the assumption that we will go to heaven. Have you noticed that most "religious" people feel they are living acceptably before God? That God is too good to allow them to be lost. Contrary to this are the words of the apostle Peter, "And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear" (1 Pet.4:18)? Peter does not mean by the word "scarcely," barely, or by the skin of our teeth. Rather he means few. The number of the saved will be scarce in number, i.e., few. This is in keeping with what the Lord preached, "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it" (Mt.7:13,14). Instead of being over-confident of your salvation "...make your calling an election sure..." (2Pet.l :10). Obey 2Cor.13:5, "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves."

Don't find yourself on the Judgment Day numbered with the over-confident, but lost, who will cry, "Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out demons? and in thy name done many wonderful works? Note Jesus' response, "And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity" (Mt.7:22,23).

Guard against the devil's weapon of over-confidence, it is lethal!