by Tammy Phillips
March 2, 2021
For the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught. (Proverbs 3:26 NKJV)
The Hebrew word for confidence in this verse is kecel which means loins/flank. This is an interesting choice of words from super wise Solomon. I know he knew exactly what he was saying in this verse. My quest was to discover his meaning.
According to Dictionary.com, the loins are the part of the human body on either side of the spinal column, between the false ribs and hipbone. The loins are regarded as the seat of physical strength. The flank is on each side of a person between the ribs and hip. Together the loins and flank house your internal organs and make up your core.
We all have heard how important it is to have a strong physical core. I asked my physical therapist friend, Gina Suiter, to give me some simple insight on the purpose of the loins and flank. She said, “They are your core. Your core is your center of gravity. It is where you find your center. It helps stabilize, support, protect and connect.” Your core helps you remain aligned.
According to freeletics.com, the better your core muscles the better you perform. The core stabilizes the lower back, helps us run faster, enhances flexibility, improves balance, coordination, posture and brain power. Your core muscles play a huge role in your everyday activities, from getting out of bed, to walking down the street, and bending over to grab your purse-but, most importantly, they literally help you stay upright. “That’s because your core muscles are the base of support for your entire body,” says Meredith McHale, P.T., D.P.T., regional clinical director at Professional Physical Therapy. She also said, “Think of it like the tree trunk of your body (albeit a lot more mobile): It has to hold its ground so that your branches (arms and legs) can do their thing any which way.”
So, we have learned the purpose of the core in the human body. If we apply the same attributes we learned about our physical body to our spirit body, Proverbs 3:26 says, “God is our confidence,” our loins and flank. God is thus the very core of our being. He is our center. He helps us run our race. He helps balance us. He gives us a clear mind, the mind of Christ. He is the center of everything we do every day. He stabilizes and protects us. He keeps upright. He is our alignment. He keeps us plumb. God is the base of our entire existence. THE LORD IS OUR CONFIDENCE.
I enCOURAGE you to stand up straight on the inside and out. I enCOURGE you to discard the slumped posture that looks weak and defeated. I enCOURAGE you to walk in the knowledge that the LORD is your confidence and core.