| from Julie LaQuey |
Security is a word I have heard quite often in recent months. As a society, we go to great lengths in our attempts to feel secure. For example, we have implemented various safety protocols to protect our health, extensively debated border security, and meticulously evaluated our roadways and electrical grid due to icy conditions. Can we ever obtain complete security, or do we merely hope to feel secure at times?
Dr. Kathy Koch often speaks about and has written about finding security and answering the question “Who Can I Trust?” As she aptly teaches, the answer to this question is the foundation and starting point to meeting our core needs. (See Five to Thrive to learn more.)
I believe we ARE secure in God’s love and are securely held in His hand and are under His protection if we have chosen to follow Him and continue to obey His commands. But does this knowledge translate into actually having security in the way we often think of security?
One definition of security is confidence. We have confidence in God because He is trustworthy, reliable, always good, forgiving, and more. Another definition of the word security is safety. Does our confidence in God mean we will always be safe? Will we always have safety if we continue to abide in Christ? Will we always feel secure in this knowledge that God loves us, provides for us, and protects us? Will we always feel safe as a result of our confidence in God?
It’s worth thinking about being secure and feeling secure.
God alone is worthy and deserving of our trust. Everyone else will fail us at some point in time. Nothing and no one else in life can guarantee our security or assure that we will always be secure. But still, God allows harm to come to us, even when we are faithfully following Him. The Bible tells us that “in this world, we will have trouble.” (John 16:33)
But with God, the “trouble” we experience isn’t the same as what people experience who don’t know Christ. And the trouble doesn’t mean we’re not secure even if we don’t feel secure. While we may share the same physical circumstances, we can have security in God, even when we may not feel physically safe. We can choose to find our security in God alone and train our minds to reconcile our feelings with this truth.
When we choose to follow Christ, God will be with us in every trial and will give us the strength to endure any hardships that come our way. Even in the most challenging circumstances, we’ll have hope, and our hope will never disappoint us (Romans 5:5). And 1 Corinthians 10:13 assures us that God will never allow us to encounter difficulties that are beyond our ability to endure.
Encountering trials doesn’t mean we aren’t secure. Jesus humbled himself to willingly experience the ultimate trial of undeserved crucifixion (Philippians 2:5-8). Yet, He was completely secure and knew He was in His Father’s will and under God’s protection. Christ willingly risked His physical safety because He had confidence in the Father’s plan for the future. He was secure because He was obedient and willing to submit to that plan. His love for us was far greater than His desire to be physically safe.
When we know that we are acting in obedience, we can have the security of being under God’s protection, even in times when we may not feel physically safe. While we may not feel safe, we can know that we are secure and train our feelings to coincide.
Children need to know that they can be secure in God’s love and protection even when they don’t feel physically safe. We can teach them that God will provide all they need even when hardships arise. We can help them know that they can have security and also learn to feel secure when they are obedient to God.
I pray we will be willing to follow Christ’s example, train our feelings to match what we know of God, and remain securely in God’s will through our obedience.
Julie LaQuey is a follower of Jesus Christ, intent on sharing the hope of heaven and the Truth of God’s Word and His great love to others. She is wife to Tyce, married 26 years, and mother to Caleb (age 22), Abby (age 20), and Luke (age 15). Tyce and Julie have formally educated their children at home since the fall of 2006. Julie is passionate about helping women learn to respect their husbands, value their children, and love God above all.