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Fighting A False Sense of Security

by MANDY POST SECURITY Funding Lack of “home” Protection & safety overseas Discouragement
Fighting A False Sense of Security
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Isaiah 41:10

Have you ever found yourself thinking these thoughts? 

Once we’re fully supported, all will be well. 

We’ll be set as soon as our visas are approved. 

This landlord is different. We finally have a place we can call home.  

If we aren’t careful, financial support, visas, and homes can provide a false sense of security for those of us working overseas. Yes, these things can help us feel secure, but they are not eternally fixed. Most of us have experienced losing supporters, visa troubles, and being told yet again that we need to move. These things that help us feel secure can also suddenly crumble in a heap before us, along with our sense of security. We can be left with trembling and fearful hearts, uncertain of what is to come.  

It reminds me of Nehemiah, surveying the crumbled walls around Jerusalem. He was grieved at the news of the state of Jerusalem’s walls. He sought favor from King Artaxerxes to lead his people in a rebuilding project, which was successfully accomplished despite opposition. And, yet his security was not in those walls. Nehemiah stated firmly, “The God of heaven will give us success,” (Nehemiah 2:20a).

And there it is. Our only true security is our Heavenly Father. 

I believe God can use things in life to help us feel secure, but those things aren’t certain in and of themselves. Our Heavenly Father alone claims that role. True security is knowing that God holds us firmly and cannot have us snatched from His hands (John 10:28-29). It’s knowing that He loves us unconditionally simply because we are His, not from anything we do (or don’t do) (1 John 3:1). It’s knowing that God lavishes grace on us because He chose us from before the creation of the world, not because we earned it (Ephesians 1:4). Our security is firmed by what we know of our Heavenly Father, not by how our circumstances make us feel. So, the next time your heart melts when your sense of security falters, rest in the One who cannot be shaken. 

Closing Prayer
Father, you alone are the only certainty in life. May we find security in knowing your love and grace as you hold us in your firm grip, and may this be enough for us to feel secure. Amen.
Song: Psalm 62:1-2 – Never Be Shaken by Seeds Family Worship My children and I love learning Scripture through Seeds Family Worship!
Book: None Like Him by Jen Wilkin By reflecting on why God is so different from us, we can firmly believe He is secure.
Question for Reflection

What Bible verse(s) or stories help you remember that our security is in God alone?

Mandy Post
May 24, 2023

The Bible verse playing in my head is Psalm 62:2 (which is also repeated in verse 6): “Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.” I love this picture of our Father as sturdy, sure, steadfast, and solid. It’s such a stark contrast to the crumbling walls that often represent my feelings!