• Scott Watkins

Finding Security In A Unsecure World

We form strong attachments to the things we rely on for our security.

Savings accounts, vocational skills, relationships, free time and the list goes on.

These strong attachments can produce unwanted results in our lives. Pride, fear, jealousy, greed, etc.

One example is our attachment to money. Our attachment to our savings account can produce fear that we may lose it. This fear is deep-seated as we learn from experience how easy it is to lose money. So, our attachment becomes a source of trust and fear at the same time.

This is true of anything unreliable that we form these strong attachments to. Vocational skills can become obsolete, relationships can deteriorate, free time can evaporate.

Solomon said, “Like a broken tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in a time of trouble.” (Proverbs 25:19, NIV)

Have you ever tried to eat with a chipped tooth? Or walk a long distance on an injured foot. The thing that you once depended on is now a source of pain.

Reliance on anything unstable can have this result, and this is a problem for us.

The solution, of course, is to not rely on unstable things. This means finding things to put our trust in that won’t end up becoming a source of pain somewhere down the road.

People have tried to find reliable sources of security throughout human history. Many believed they found security only to find later their trust had been misplaced.

Christians believe they have found this security in the person of Jesus Christ.

God spoke about his unique trustworthiness like this, “This is what the Lord says—Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God. Who then is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and lay out before me what has happened since I established my ancient people, and what is yet to come—yes, let them foretell what will come. Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago? You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.” (Isaiah 44:6-8, NIV)

If we want true security, we must be cautious about where we put our trust. God invites us to test his promise of trustworthiness. If you are dissatisfied with your source of security today, why not give God a try?