If someone asked you how secure you are, how would you answer?
Webster’s definition of ‘secure‘ says this: “Safe and free from doubt or fear, sturdy or strong, not likely to fail.”
Do any of us know what it even means to be safe, and free from doubt or fear? When we are fearful, it’s because we do not feel secure. Years ago, I did not fully attribute doubt and fear with security. When we feel secure, we are not likely to fail. Then why do we fail?
We fail because its a security issue (a doubt and fear issue), which may need to be addressed. When we address ‘where’ our security is, then we can address ‘where’ our fear is. Sounds simple enough to me, or maybe not.
Listen to this proverb: “He who fears the Lord, has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge.” (Proverbs 14: 26, NIV)
When we fear the Lord, (have a reverence for Him), we are secure. Not only does it affect our security, but it acts as a fortress for ourselves and our children. Wow! That kind of security is powerful. It is so strong that it covers us, and our family.
Can anything in this life produce that kind of security? Can lots of money, a secure job, a big house or a nice car produce peace and security? Nope! Actually, the correct answer is never. When we think we are secure with material things, we quickly find there is never security in things. Sometimes we may use these things to try and heal our heart, to feel better. If we do, then we may have a heart issue.
How many have turned to shopping, overeating, or excessive spending to hide the pain? How then do we make our hearts secure? Let’s learn from the “Good Book” and meditate on these promises:
Psalm 112 teaches this:
Vs. 1 “Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in His commands.
Vs. 2 His children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.
Vs. 3 Wealth and riches are in his house and, in his righteousness endures forever.
Vs. 4 Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man.
Vs. 5 Good will come to Him who is gracious and lends freely who conducts his affairs with justice.
Vs. 6 Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever.
Vs. 7 He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
Vs. 8 His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes.”
Folks, it doesn’t get any more secure than this! Everything we need in this life–is made secure when we begin by placing the Lord as the MOST important person in our life. It’s about securing our life in Him–and in His Word, His commands.
Look what we just learned. When we delight in Him and in His Word, this is what follows:
Our children are blessed and mighty in the land.
Wealth and riches are in our homes.
Light will dawn, even in dark times.
When we are generous, God comes to us.
When we live a just life, we are secure.
For sure, we will not be shaken.
When bad news comes, we will be secure in it.
When our heart is secure in the Lord, we will look in triumph.
We will live in triumph.
“When the righteous triumph, there is great elation.” (Proverbs 28: 12, NIV).
When one is living in triumph, we are living in victory. King David proclaimed:
“My sword does not bring me victory; but you (God) give us victory over our enemies.” (Psalm 44: 6, NIV)
“With God we will gain the victory, and He will trample down our enemies.”(Psalm 60: 12, NIV)
Let’s let Him secure us and secure our situations. It’s His battle and His fight to be victorious over. With God, we will gain the victory. That’s our promise. That’s our triumph and our victory. That’s our security.
“Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in Him, for He shields him all day long,
and the one the Lord loves rests between His shoulders.” (Deuteronomy 33: 12, NIV).
The tender area between His shoulders is His heart.
The very place where He carried the cross.
Never forget, He carries you.
He makes you secure.
Mary Beth Pecora