Searching For Security

Life is a journey. Sometimes we find ourselves a bit disoriented, uncertain about where we are or what we’re doing here. We often realize that things we thought were certainties simply aren’t. Anxieties, even fears, begin to dominate our thoughts.

It is as though we have reached the middle of a bridge and wonder aloud, “Will it hold?”

When we make it safely to the other side, we inquire, “Is anything certain?”

We are searching for security. There must surely be some certainties—some solid footing upon which to build a secure life. Life is surely meant to be lived with something more certain than questions accompanying every step. Life should entail something more than a series of desperate dashes across vast chasms of doubt. Security must be found, somewhere! When our search leads us to the Holy Bible, we will gain access to the very security we seek.

It is essential that we understand, first of all, that there are certain uncertainties in life. We set ourselves up for untold disappointments by seeking security where it cannot be found.

— Some think it is found in physical beauty and strength; but these leave us far too quickly. This is seen in Proverbs 31:30 and Proverbs 20:29.
— Some seek security from the power and promises of other people, only to be disappointed. This is poignantly revealed in Psalm 118:8-9; 146:3 and Jeremiah 17:5.
— Others imagine that there is security in earthly treasures: alas, these are soon to know their folly. Proverbs 23:4-5; Luke 12:15 and 1 Timothy 6:7-10 make this abundantly clear.
— Truly, there are certain uncertainties in life. As James 4:13-16 reminds us, no one is certain about what tomorrow holds. No one is even certain there will be a tomorrow!

The Bible does point us to many comforting certainties. These are ours to cherish. We must realize that followers of Jesus aren’t awarded a special status exempting us from life’s troubles. The fact that this is not the case is brought to light in John 16:33; James 1:2 and 2 Timothy 3:12. We do learn from the Scriptures that God always keeps His promises (1 Kings 8:56; 2 Peter 3:9). One of God’s most meaningful promises pertaining to the topic at hand is found in Romans 8:28. Here the Scriptures read: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Additionally, we remember that we have previously read in this very chapter the following words: “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18, TNIV) It sure seems inevitable that God’s people will experience a heavy load of life’s troubles.

Considering these realities some of the anxieties should be put to rest. Still, we will be left to wonder: Where is security found? How can we be sure of where we are and where we are going in life? Upon what ground can we safely take our stand?

Only one answer will suffice. For, there is one who journeyed here before us. He blazed the trail for us. He made it safely across every bridge that must be crossed. He endured until the end and was crowned with glory and honor He is the absolute certainty of all certainties! We can trust Him to lead us safely through whatever tomorrow brings. He knows the way. His name is Jesus! If we follow in His footprints, every step of the journey will certainly be on course! We will not become disoriented. So, let us fix our thoughts on Jesus, whom we confess, faithfully following Him to the very end!

Remember, it was Jesus who said:

24“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” –Matthew 7:24-27, TNIV

© Bill Williams

September 5, 2006

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a sojourner in life, trying to follow in the steps of Jesus.
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14 Responses to Searching For Security

  1. Erin says:

    it’s comforting to have Jesus in a world of uncertainty, isn’t it?

  2. Bill says:

    Yes, Erin, it is soooo comforting. I’ve just finish my next post which should be up tomorrow. It has to do with one of the best bargains ever known to humanity. Are you a bargain hunter?

  3. Mag says:

    one of my fav verse relates, “Those who put their hope in the Lord will never be disappointed [put to shame]”. (Isaiah?) I may have a lot of questions [uncertainty[. I may feel disoriented [confusion]. I may wonder if the bridge will hold [doubt]. But, as someone commented the other day on my blog in a profound moment: God doens’t want anyTHING from me in particular if it means anything other than an active relationship of walking with him every day. “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalms)

    I love that one too.

  4. Bill says:

    Great thoughts, Mag! I’m so glad you found your way to the Spiritual Oasis! God bless, -bill

  5. ksreyes says:

    Thanks Bill,,,,,,umm I mean Bill-Bob……… You don’t know how much I needed to be reminded of this certainty right at this very moment………I just love how the Holy Spirit works!

    peace+
    kiersten
    aka k-bob

  6. Cecil Walker says:

    When you’re living with a teen “security / consistency” are very desirable.

  7. Bill says:

    Kiersten: I’m glad that God is at work in all things for the good of His child! I sure enjoyed your Road Trip post. It was, indeed, a trip down Memory Lane for me. Have a blessed day! -bill

  8. Bill says:

    Cecil:

    Last year we had three teenagers in the home. This year, we only have two. Things are never boring! The activity and energy they bring to the family is a blessing. I’m afraid that I will not make a very good empty nester.

    Here’s something special just for you (and your fellow math teachers):

    The Nelson family feeds their farm animals on Hillside Farm twice a day. At each feeding they use an empty coffee can to measure the grain. They use a total of 12 cans of grain a day, using an equal amount of grain for morning and night.

    — The horse gets 2 flakes of hay besides the grain.
    — The 30 chickens get as much grain as do the horse and sheep combined.
    — The 6 sheep aren’t very hungry at this time of year, but they still get twice as much grain each day as the one horse gets.
    — Besides the grain, the sheep eat a bale of hay each day.
    — Chickens add to their diet by eating bugs they find.

    How much grain do the Nelsons deliver to each pen at each feeding?

    (Source: http://www.eduplace.com/math/brain/56-117.html)

    Grace and peace to you and yours,
    -bill

  9. Kathy says:

    “Security?” What’s security in this world [the sand]? Only the Rock [Jesus] can give us any sense of security. Why are we so concerned with security in this fleeting moment in time we flash in the pan of eternity? The only possible hold we have is being tethered to the Rock of Salvation.

    It took me so many decades to come to the point of accepting and enjoying that all this is STUFF – to realize that a house serves the same purpose, be it tent or mansion – to give shelter from the elements; to know that food, be it the very basic or the exotic, serves only one purpose – to nourish this fading, disintegrating body; that clothing, be it of the coarsest denim or the finest silk – serves only the purpose of giving a sense of modesty by covering the body. BUT, when I consider the Home awaiting me, the Banquet prepared for me and the Robe and Crown to be given me, why in this fallen world would I be worried about earthly security?

    Like Paul said, to stay is to serve Him, to leave is to be WITH Him, an eternal win-win situation. Security? Give me the Rock any ol’ day. PTL!!

  10. kreyes says:

    Hi Bill,

    I’m so glad you enjoyed Road Trip! I thought I needed to post something a little less heavy for a change – LOL! Listen:

    YOU’VE BEEN TAGGED!!! Yep, that means you need to bop over to my blog and answer 10 literary questions……..No excuses…………….I know how you have this ‘test phobia’…………..but it’s FUN, I PROMISE………..looking forward to your responses.

    peace+
    kiersten

  11. bill says:

    Yes, Kathy, yes! That’ll preach! Better yet, that’ll live. Thanks for sharing these thoughts. You are a blessing, indeed, to this little blog family.

    Grace to you,
    -bill

  12. bill says:

    Kiersten:

    Yes, I liked your post on the road trip. But, that doesn’t mean that I don’t like your other posts. You do a good job balancing things out.

    I visited your blog-casa and added me two cents worth to this fun-with-books conversation.

    Blessings,
    -bill

  13. Greg England says:

    I know throughout this journey it’s been wonderful having as my partner on the trip someone with faith far greater than mine!

  14. You are soooo right, Sir Gregory. Our lives parallel in so many ways. Now I learn that we both married way above ourselves. God is good! -bill

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