Confident In His Care

Holly Payne

April 6, 2017

Confident In His Care

Holly Payne

But the LORD watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love. Psalm 33:18 (NLT)

Recently, I was at the mall with two of my friends. We were sitting in the food court finishing a quick lunch just before we started shopping. Across the way, I noticed a little boy with his mother. He was probably three or four years old, and he was as cute as can be. He was not misbehaving, but was just scampering around the table, always staying very near his mother. He would laugh, she would say something to him, and he would laugh again. At one point, I saw her scoop him up and kiss him and then sit him back down. When they got up to walk away, at first, he held onto her hand by gripping one of her fingers. He was such a little guy and at any point, he could’ve let go, but instead, he kept holding on. However, at some point he did finally let go and he stepped a few paces in front of her, just confidently marching along. Without a care in the world, he was utterly confident. He just knew his mother was right with him, so he was just enjoying being alive.

Long after I left the mall that day, I was still struck by what I witnessed. While he was an exceedingly cute child, that wasn’t the point. What really struck me was how utterly confident he was. He was not yet concerned about any of the cares of this life, nor had he been jaded by the ill effects of people’s behavior. He walked with a certain swagger that demonstrated a no-fear attitude and he was not focused on any negative thing. But even cooler was the fact that he wasn’t just not focusing on negativity. He was totally unaware of its existence.

That’s how we are to live our lives. We have a Father in Heaven who is utterly fixated on us. He knows our every need before we ever have it. He knows the dreams and desires in our hearts because He designed them into the very fiber of our being. So we are completely taken care of.

God never intended for us to focus on anything, good or bad, that would remove our attention from Him. Yet all too quickly, when we experience something like sickness or financial strain, we focus on the lack. I once saw a quote, and I apologize but I cannot remember who said it, but it said:

“Bless the provision instead of curse the lack.”

In other words, we are to focus on what is right with us instead of what we don’t have. As followers of Christ, we always have His presence so we should always be acutely aware of His nearness.

This is not to say that we won’t experience things. That’s simply not true. We will face hardships. At some point, that little boy who was scampering around will grow out of those cute little shoes he was wearing. Yet, by his own accord, he will still be too small to be able to do one thing about his need for shoes. Instead, his loving parent will provide for his needs. At that point, his role in life will simply be to walk in what is provided for him.

That’s what we are to do. When we do experience setbacks, if there is something we can do, we should do it. In the cases where we cannot do anything, we simply admit our inability to do that thing and we take a step of trust in the One who not only can, but will, provide as long as we remain in His presence.

I encourage you today to get your swagger on!  In the spirit, step into that place where confidence in the Lord overrides any insecurities in your life.  Trust Him, because His watchful eye never leaves you. You can be confident in His care.


But the LORD watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love. Psalm 33:18 (NLT)


  • Write down five ways He has taken care of you lately. Be specific. Write them, because there’s power in remembrance.
  • Thank Him for those blessings.
  • Keep a “Blessings Book of Remembrance” in which you keep a running record of His taking care of you.


Listen to When I Think About the Lord and praise Him.

Watch my video blog about this experience.


What are some ways you can be intentional about keeping your focus on the Lord instead of on other distractions?

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