Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Mid-Week Message - Seeking Security

"Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  This I declare about the Lord:  He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust Him."  Psalm 91:1-2  (NLT)  

One of the very first things that many newborns do is either take a pacifier or suck their thumbs.  It gives them a feeling of security to have something in their mouths.  Many children will also latch onto a favorite blanket or stuffed animal.  Those of you whose children did this know how difficult it can be to separate them from that object.  Even though their parents are with them, they still seem to need the presence of their security item.  My own daughter sucked her thumb on one hand and tickled her face with her hair with the other hand.  

We all want to feel secure.  Psychologists say that women in particular have a great need for security.  I know I do.  I want to know that there is someone watching out for me, that I am not alone.  It would be wonderful if my beloved could be with me all day every day, but that just isn't possible.  The demands of life dictate that at times we must be apart.  There is also no promise that, at some point, I will not be left without him due to illness or death.  While that thought grieves me, I know that there is One who will never leave me.

Before my husband and I moved to the state of Georgia a few years ago, we had a ministry at an independent-living retirement facility.  Each Sunday, we would gather with this incredible community of souls to share the Lord's Word, sing hymns, and have moments of encouragement.  My responsibility was to deliver a devotional moment.  One Sunday morning I spoke about the verse in Isaiah and Romans that says, "How beautiful are the feet of the messengers who bring good news."  

The greatest message we can share with anyone is that because of Jesus, we have eternal security.  In Romans 8:38-39, Paul tells us, "And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love.  Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrownot even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love.  No power in the sky above or in the earth belowindeed nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord."  

Friends, there is no greater security than that.  No matter where we find ourselves in life, we will never be outside of His love and protection, unless we are the ones that choose to move away from Him.  His love is unconditional.  We are His children, those whom He has chosen to bring into His eternal family.  All we have to do is to repent of our sin and ask Jesus to come into our hearts and be the Lord of our lives.  

If you have never done that, please do.  We have no assurance of waking up in the morning.  Grab for the greatest provision of security that is available, the great I Am Himself.  Jesus left the enormity of Heaven to be born as a human baby and, ultimately, die a vicious and cruel death for each of us.  By rising from the dead, he conquered death and gave us the promise of eternal life with Him if only we will follow Him.  There is no greater security blanket than that.  

I pray that everyone will have a blessed week and that, as we face the difficulties set before us, we would remember that this world is only temporary.  Our futures are secured through the grace and mercy of our Creator.  

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