Most of us have a confidence problem but it is not what we think. Most of us are overconfident in certain areas of our life. While we may be shy or tremble at the thought of speaking in public, secretly there are are several areas where we think we are better than others. While we may not outright say that we are better we do say things like “I wouldn’t do it that way” or “Can you believe what they did?” The funny thing is that we do it all with an attitude of concern or wisdom. What it really is is Self Righteousness.
The Jews suffered from Over Confidence after their defeat of Jericho. Sadly it led to their worst defeat.
Joshua 7:2-3 Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is near Beth-aven, east of Bethel, and said to them, “Go up and spy out the land.” And the men went up and spied out Ai. 3And they returned to Joshua and said to him, “Do not have all the people go up, but let about two or three thousand men go up and attack Ai. Do not make the whole people toil up there, for they are few.”
I want you to notice two things about their over confidence:
- Joshua didn’t seek the Lord. If you notice they went directly from Jericho to Ai. There is no mention of Joshua consulting the Lord. Every time in the Old Testament when the Lord is not sough defeat quickly follows. If we want to live the promised life God has for us we must get in the habit of seeking the Lord. Overconfidence always leads to prayerlessness. Overconfidence says things like “I got this” and “It’s all good.” Instead let’s seek the face of Jesus Christ. If Joshua had sought the face of the Lord he would’ve found out there was sin in the camp.
- Joshua didn’t return to Gilgal. Gilgal was their base of operations but also the place where the stones were. The stones were the rocks God commanded Joshua to take out of the Jordan and set up in Gilgal as a reminder of God parting the waters of the Jordan. When we get overconfident we rush on to the next thing instead of going back and being reminded of what God has done. Israel started to believe that they were the ones who defeated Jericho and not God. When we go back to God’s Word (our place of reminding) it shows us that it is God doing it and not us.
It is easy to fall into the trap of overconfidence. To overcome that tendency let’s be people of constant prayer and remembering what God’s word says. “I can do all things through Christ…” not our own abilities. Christ wants to do great things through us and long as it goes through Him first.