Feeling secure for the moment is common, but finding a life of security is a gift from God.
A few weeks ago, on a sunny Florida morning, a young mom and her one-year-old daughter left the house and headed out to the driveway. As Mom carried the baby to the back seat and place her in the car seat, her little hand pressed the door lock. Unaware, Mom closed the door. To her dismay, she realized all doors were locked. Baby, her purse and cell phone on the front seat locked inside.
As frantic Mommy dashed off to find help, the little one, feeling abandoned broke into a hysterical cry. Mom rushed from door to door pleading for help. But unable to get it, she drew supernatural strength to force the window pane off its track and managed to unlock the door. When she scooped the baby up, the little one’s sobs could be heard throughout the neighborhood.
You’ve been there, right? I have. We’re locked in the unexpected issues of life, strapped by anxiety and fear, while we think God has abandoned us, left us, locked in our misery and far away from us, we feel our security vanish.
That’s when the notion that we’re alone and unprotected turns to sadness, opening the door to discouragement, self-pity, and ultimately ending up in despair.
But to counteract these series of emotions, the path to bring back the sense of security takes five simple steps.
1. Be sure to remain calm. Just because we don’t see God in action, doesn’t mean He’s not at work, preparing precisely the help we need. (Isaiah 41:10)
2. Breathe in confidence as His promise has the word never. “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5).
3. Begin to declare your unwavering belief that His plans are at work. (Jeremiah 29:11)
4. Brush away the enemy’s deception that steals your peace and repeats the lie that God is far away, aloof or unconcerned. (John 10:10)
5. Back away from trusting in your own wisdom, in your abilities or skills to be set free from despair. (Prov. 3:5-6)
If you engrave these promises in your heart, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).
Father, how often I find myself crying inside the vehicle of fear, trapped in insecurity, thinking you have abandoned me. But now I will live with the truth that you alone can provide complete security, reminding me that you are at work, lovingly, diligently to set me free. I will trust that you will grant me a life safe in your arms, in your care and in your protective love. In Jesus’s name, amen.
* Are you secure in your surroundings?
* Is your trust in God’s help unwavering?
* How will you find security in life?
Janet P. Eckles
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