Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – March 2, 2015
You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. Job 11:18
Feelings of insecurity creep into my thinking when my hope fades. I feel insecure with finances when there seems to be no hope for future provision. I feel insecure with relationships when there seems to be no hope for reconciliation. I feel insecure with problems when there seems to be no hope for solutions. I feel insecure with my hurting heart when there seems to be no hope for healing. Insecurity follows hopelessness. Thus, I am not scared when I am hopeful in my heavenly Father’s practical wisdom and secure in His loving provision. Hope provides security.
Job was on the verge of hopelessness. Having lost his family and his material wealth—he wondered what could be worse. To make matters worse his friends offered little comfort, only a critique of how he needed to change and make things right with God. Fortunately, Job’s faith remained in the Lord. He kept his gaze fixed on God above and only glanced at his tumultuous circumstances below. Security in our Savior keeps us from being scared.
“When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet” (Proverbs 3:24).
Are you facing an unsettling situation that facilitates fear induced insecurity? Fear can easily imagine the worse case scenario. Thus, you become frantic over “what if” outcomes—to the point that your fears become a self-fulfilling prophecy. When your soul is spiraling downward, be intentional to spend time with hopeful people. The company of misery will only compound your insecurities. Like good medicine—inject hope into your soul—and security will spring to life.
Moreover, a secure soul makes a point to see its imperfections as necessary on the canvas of Christ’s creation. What we see in the present is only a partial portrait of what the Spirit is painting for the future. So, we rest secure—knowing we are in the safe confines of our Savior’s studio of sanctification. Developing into the likeness of Jesus is a messy, but profitable process. God is our unchanging hope. He is our dependable rock of security. We rest in Christ—secure, not scared.
“We who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf” (Hebrews 6:18-20).
Prayer: Heavenly Father, my hope is in You. I rest secure knowing You are in control.
Related Readings: Isaiah 11:10, 28:12, 30:15; Psalm 16:9, 18:32; 2 Peter 3:17
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Additional Resource: 5 minute music video- Hillsong: All My Hope
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