One of the most difficult things for people to comprehend these days is having security, true security. There are dangers around every turn; physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual. Just watching the news, picking up a paper, or browsing the internet will prove this fact every single day. So with all this fear-mongering and danger threatening us day after day how are we supposed to get out of bed in the morning and make it through one more hour?
Unfortunately there are many people out there that “cope” with these problems in unhealthy and harmful ways. They turn to alcohol and drugs and begin abusing them, or they allow their anger at this dangerous world to overcome them and form habits of lashing out at others. Some individuals never find ways to cope and their mental health becomes more and more degraded until they need professional help and medication in order to function. These are all different sides to the same coin…we are trying to fix a supernatural problem with man-made, natural solutions.
The only true security that we have is in Jesus Christ. His love and sacrifice on the Cross gave us all the safety net that we will ever need. There is no fall to small or too great that his rope of salvation can not save us from. Their is no assault that his armor of righteousness can not defend. King David tells us in Psalms that, “He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.” (40:2) When God sent his son, Jesus, to die for us it was not just to save us from sin and then let us fend for ourselves until eternity. Jesus is always with us once we believe in him and profess who he is in our hearts. His Spirit, the Holy Spirit, is with us from that day on providing us with guidance and the knowledge that we are loved and protected by our Father and our Lord. Paul told the Ephesians, “In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,” (1:13) So we can have total security in Jesus through our daily contact with the Holy Spirit. We are “safe and secure from all alarms” when we lean on Jesus during our times of trouble and when we are afraid.
On top of all the power and glory that God has and the security that Jesus provides for us, we can know that these are a constant and everlasting protection because of what the author of Hebrews tells us, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (13:8) and John begins his Gospel with this description of Jesus, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (1:1) So we can rest in the promise that not only is Jesus our protector from the dangers of the world, but that he will never leave us.
Now, will Christians experience pain, loss and even death? Yes. We are not perfect beings and will not be until the Lord returns and we join him in Heaven. But, what we do have is a constant companion that helps guide us through the trials and sorrows that we experience. Without Him we are surely lost, but with our faith in Jesus and by remaining in constant contact with him through our study of the Bible and prayer we can find security while we remain in this world.