Feeling Secure

Peace depends entirely on security, doesn’t it?  

I can be at total rest in my bed and night,
without a care in the world.  But when I
think I hear something on the other side of the house – peace is the last thing
on my mind.  Until I bravely walk out
into the darkness of the family room to check on things (to verify that things
are secure), I likely won’t get a wink of shut-eye.


People do all sorts of things to maintain a sense of
security: I even know of a woman who used to sleep with a baseball bat in case of
intruders!




 


The frustrating thing about life on earth is that despite
our attempts at feeling safe, nothing really is.  Even if it’s encrypted, locked, hidden and
password-protected, it’s still at risk. 
At best, enough safeguards and money might give me a “feeling” of
security, but never a guarantee.


Alarms can be disabled, systems can be hacked, money can
disappear, the weather can get ugly, protections can fail – I could spend the
rest of my life worried and afraid of what might happen.  Or, I can turn to the one Person that offers
complete personal and eternal security.


Consider the words of Jesus: “My sheep listen to my voice; I
know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never
perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to
me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand.” (John
10:27-29, NIV).


That’s an interesting metaphor: sheep.  Sheep are probably some of the dumbest
animals God ever had the pleasure of creating; they’ll wander off from the
flock without realizing their grave danger. 
The shepherd, then, is charged
with their protection and provision.  The
sheep go on with their activities day-to-day, having no idea of what their
shepherd does to protect them.


Sometimes we humans are the same way.  We wander into situations that are highly
dangerous, and sometimes, we may not even realize when our Good Shepherd
rescues us.  But that’s the beauty of
following Him.  The Bible speaks of a
“peace that is beyond understanding” available to those who trust in God.  It’s the peace of knowing that even if the
worst should happen, I still can count on Him to fulfill His promises to
me.  It’s the security of knowing that
even when this life is over, I can spend eternity with God in heaven.


If you live a life of worry and stress, the promises of God
may be the only lasting remedy.  He says,
“I will never leave you or forsake you.” 
He says, “No one can snatch you out of my hand.”  He says, “I can even work out the bad things
in life for your ultimate good.” 


Real peace comes when you have the most power on your side,
“peace through strength.” Think of it: the Creator of the universe is promising
to keep you securely in His hand, as long as you hear His voice and follow
Him.  Could you ask for more security than that? 


I wish there were some sort of promise that we’ll never experience pain or loss.  But God never promises that.  What He does guarantee is that He’ll walk with us throughout life, no matter how difficult it gets.


God is with us. God knows what we’re going through.  God cares more for us than we can imagine.


In the words of the apostle Paul: “I am convinced that
neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the
future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all
creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ
Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)


  

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