Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- July 21, 2011
He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes. Psalm 112:7-8
A secure servant of Jesus has nothing to prove, for he rests in the pronounced peace of the Lord. His or her love for God is deep and wide, and their confidence in Christ is unshaken and uncompromising. Security’s only fear is to develop distrust in Almighty God; therefore it maintains a holy heart, a meditative mind and a courageous countenance.
Fear tries to seduce security into thinking that its Savior Jesus is undependable and detached, but God’s promises ring true in faithfulness and with intimate concern. This world is always pregnant with bad news, so do not make it your focus or you will be driven by worry, fear and insecurity. Trust rests securely—as it jettisons fear.
The Scripture teaches, “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). Security is found nestled between the strong shoulders of God.
Therefore, be hopeful in heaven’s track record of trust, and do not be overwhelmed by earth’s issues which are insistent on insecurity. Job understood this in a raw way, “You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take rest in safety” (Job 11:18). The insecure struggle with this unseen safety net from their Savior, because they want to see something of substance. But faith sees the secure hand of its heavenly Father.
If left unchecked the insecure allow fear to drive them away when no one is pursuing (Proverbs 28:1). However, the secure stand their ground and remain brave in their beliefs. So, stay true to the truth, rest in your integrity, and fight the good fight by faith. Let the reality or even threat of bad news embolden your belief in God. The steadfast triumph!
Furthermore, your security has a ripple affect of reassurance on those around you. Your steadfast faith and joyful sacrifice rubs off on your family, friends and work associates. God is using your peaceful perspective to keep others from panicking. Indeed, if your security were in your stuff or about your image, you would find yourself struggling with insecurity. So, stay focused on your Savior Jesus who is stable and secure. The enemy of security is fear, so reject it by faith. Your secure heart stands fearless and triumphant.
“Riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations” (Proverbs 27:24).
How can I recognize and embrace my security in Jesus and ignore fear’s threats?
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