Security means different things to different people. Some people feel secure if their health is good. Many experience security if their finances are strong or if a loving family surrounds them. But depending on people or things for your ongoing and complete security will eventually result in disappointment, because all the things of this world are limited and fallible.
Suppose you work for a company many years, building up a healthy retirement fund that you depend on for security in later life. Soon after your 60th birthday, the company falters and the retirement fund disappears. If your security has been in that retirement plan, you’ll be devastated and will experience fear and anxiety as you face your future.
But if you recognize that God, not the retirement fund, is the real source for all your needs, you can rest in the assurance that He has a plan … and that He will take care of you. Nothing takes God by surprise. You might not see His plan, but you can be confident that He saw what would happen and has everything under control.
The same principle applies when you lose a job, when a friend moves, when you get a scary diagnosis, when your child has a special life-changing issue … or when any part of your agenda doesn’t go as you planned. If your confidence, security, and thus, your faith is in the job … friend … health … agenda, it is inevitable that you will lose hope. Or at the very least, you’ll have a fragile hope and attitude.
But when your faith is in Jesus, you have the assurance that He never changes. Nothing can separate you from His love. And He will provide a way just as He promises. Often times, He provides in a way that is foreign to you to “prove” that He is at work in your life, that it wasn’t your effort. That is why the Bible says God works in mysterious ways. His ways aren’t mysterious to Him. They make perfect sense to God. Since we weren’t expecting God’s solution, we think it is luck, a mystery, or a miracle. That is why we need to keep our eyes open throughout the day. Peace and other provisions from God may come in ways we are not expecting.
Today, examine what you fear losing. It’s ok to feel sadness for that loss. But if you would feel fear or anxiety, or lose sleep if it were taken away from you, then you are probably depending on that particular element too much. Ask God to show you how He will meet that need and lessen your grip on the thing you fear losing. He is your rock, so rest on and build your life on Him. He will be the solid foundation on which to build all the elements of your life. What you build your life and security on is your decision, so choose well.
Dear Father God, forgive me for the times I have depended on other people and things, and then lost hope when they let me down. Help me to use the knowledge and truth of Your word to utilize the blessings You have provided me, but not to become dependent on them. Help me to remember that You are my ultimate source of comfort and provision, and that You are unchanging and totally trustworthy. Thank You for supplying all my needs. I pray this and all prayers in the name of the One who died for my biggest need, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – AMEN!
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9
You are the GOD who does wonders; You have made known Your strength among the peoples. By Your arm You have redeemed Your people, The sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah. The waters saw You, O Elohim; The waters saw You, they were afraid; The depths also trembled. The clouds poured out water; The heavens rumbled; Also, Your arrows flashed back and forth. The voice of Your thunder rolled along; Lightnings lit up the world; The earth trembled and shook. Your way was in the sea, And Your path in the great waters, And Your footsteps were not known. Psalms 77:14-19