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Safe and Secure
February 16, 2016

In the Bible Gateway readings for lent (below) we read that earthly goods deceive the human heart into believing that they give it security and freedom from worry. But in truth, they are what cause anxiety. The heart which clings to goods receives with them the choking burden of worry. Worry collects treasures, and treasures produce more worries. We desire to secure our lives with earthly goods; we want our worrying to make us worry-free, but the truth is the opposite. The chains which bind us to earthly goods, the clutches which hold the goods tight, are themselves worries.

The writer in Psalm 91 describes the security we find in God, “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty” and then goes on in the rest of the poem to describe the benefits of depending on God.  God is a refuge, a fortress, trustworthy, insulating from attack.  God commands his angels to secure us.  Jesus found this very fact to be true in his battle against Satan in the wilderness (Luke 4).   Later he taught in the Sermon on the Mount, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  Matthew 6:33  Our safety and security lie exclusively in the care of our gracious and loving heavenly Father. 

If “worry collects treasures, and treasures produce more worries,” how might one stop worrying?  How can we tell the difference between what we really “need” for our lives and what we think we need but really only want? Can we be content with what we really need?  Practically speaking, what would it mean to stop our “abuse of earthly goods” and “put tomorrow completely into God’s hand”?

“Lord, I place my worries in your gracious hand and live this day trusting that you are with me and that what I have is more than I need.”

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