Phrases like this are as easily thrown away as they are said, especially in a world governed by self-improvement and comfort building. It’s in this world that we realise that many of us have areas where we are lacking confidence or times when we care a little too much about what people think or say of us. We need to know acceptance, security, love.
So where do we find it?
Well those of us, who believe in Jesus, might say that it’s in Him watching over us, ready to get us out of a tight spot, on hand to help out when things get tricky. Ever present in our times of need, but for the rest of the time-perhaps at a distance? And that’s okay, but if we limit our relationship with God to Him as ‘spiritual babysitter’ (to quote Ricky Gervais) then we’re missing out.
We don’t follow a ‘break in case of emergency God’. We know that we have constant access through Jesus through whom we have access to our heavenly Father. He’s interested, He’s involved, He’s ever present, He’s all loving. Now that’s powerful security right there - direct access to the one who governs all of life.
And maybe along our journeys, we may find that security found in the Christian God is not necessarily what we may of first thought. We will find that it does not mean financial security, guaranteed good health, an escape from suffering, or the absence of weakness, struggle and physical death. Security found in God is not the absence of these trials but the knowledge of His presence with us through them. These are real issues that Christians face!
The security of the Christian life is best wrapped up in this scripture:
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
Aside to the assurance of life after death, as a Christian, when faced with overwhelming need or pain, we have a Source from whom we can draw our strength. We want to encourage you to find your security here; constantly. Don’t seek it in an easy life. You’ll always be looking and always found wanting. Find security in the inseparable and profound love of God; Father and friend.
Pray with us
As an international charity, MAF staff are often placed in difficult situations whether it’s in places where there is political divides, violence or extreme weather conditions. Those scriptures will naturally have more of an instant appeal.
Please pray for our staff, especially for those in Bangladesh during the current civil unrest. Pray that those scriptures remain real and a source of comfort to them and pray for their continued protection.
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