John 10:27-28 "My sheep listen to My voice ....I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of My hand."
Security is important to us. Many people today have security systems to protect their homes. Businesses hire security guards. People in our nation are hoping Social Security will still be there for them.
While we all need and want physical security, it is even more important in our spiritual lives. We need to be secure in knowing that God loves us and has good plans for our lives. We want the security that when we fall or fail, our God is there to forgive us and pick us up. We desire the confidence that God has an eternal home waiting for us when we pass through the gate called death.
Sin makes us doubt or question God's security for our lives. But Jesus is our Good Shepherd. He laid down His life for us, His sheep, then rose again in triumph so that we never need doubt His care and compassion. He reminds us that we are secure in Him and that no one will ever be able to snatch us out of His hand. Our faith is made secure as we listen to the voice of the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, who knows us, who died and rose for us. His Word assures us of His security.
PRAYER: Dear Good Shepherd, thank You for being my security in this life and forever. Amen.
(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House (out of print). For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)
Today's Bible Readings: Genesis 49-50 Matthew 23:23-29
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